Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD): used in conjunction with IVF to screen embryos for specific genetic disorders before they are implanted into a woman to try to achieve  a pregancy. Photograph: Bill Davis/Newsday

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, stopped referring patients abroad for a controversial reproductive treatment after receiving leg(...)

Eilish Hardiman, chief executive of the group overseeing the merger of the three children’s hospital: said there were “issues” with the functioning of genetics

A plan to dismantle the State’s only national service for families with genetic conditions will lead to a “huge clinical risk” to patients and create(...)

 Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital Crumlin: While attempting to provide a national service for children and adults alike, the centre is under the governance of the hospital, which now wants to bring it in a tighter embrace. This raises the question of what will happen to the centre’s adult patients and those from outside the Dublin region.

Five per cent of the population is affected by genetic disorders and may require testing or counselling in relation to conditions that may be passed o(...)

Mother and daughter: Anne and Áine Lawlor.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Anne Lawlor’s daughter, Áine, was 15 when she received her diagnosis. She has the rare condition 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, which is caused by the (...)

The National Centre for Medical Genetics is based in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Nearly 70 people who were found to be potentially at risk of inherited cardiac disease at the national centre for medical genetics at Our Lady’s hospi(...)

Noirín Nolan  with her daughter, Éabha, and husband, Darren, at home in Borrisokane, Co Tipperary. Photographs:  Don Moloney / Press 22

Mention of Fabrice Muamba’s name makes the hairs stand up on the back of Noirín Nolan’s neck. Ten years before his very public and distressing cardiac(...)