Billy Kelleher: suggested funding for top-ups could be coming from car parks

There is anecdotal evidence that restrictions on executive pay are making it difficult for the health service to recruit the right talent, the HSE has(...)

The National Maternity Hospital, Dublin: an  HSE audit  found  additional money from private sources was paid to three managers at the hospital, ranging from €30,000 to €39,000 a year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The National Maternity Hospital in Dublin is facing fines from the HSE for continuing top-up payments to senior executives.The HSE said, in a report(...)

 Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the  National Maternity Hospital:  said it  galled  her that the HSE had paid millions of euro to families after birth injuries in maternity hospitals, but had failed to invest in enough midwives and obstetricians to provide safe maternity services. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Discussions on a new national plan for women’s rights will begin next week, Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said. He said the National Wom(...)

Michael Kivlehan with his late wife Dhara, who died after giving birth to their first child Dior at Sligo Regional Hospital.

Two men whose wives died in childbirth at Sligo Regional Hospital are due to meet with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on Monday. Michael Kivlehan an(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has published a list of 25 priorities for the HSE in 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has published a list of 25 priorities for the health service in 2015, which includes a promise that no patient will b(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: priorities include putting in a planning application for a maternity hospital at St Vincent’s, getting hospital groups up and increasing the number of people with insurance. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

No patient will be on a hospital waiting list for more than 18 months by the summer, under targets to be announced by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar(...)

It is difficult to show somebody the value of having a doula before they have had the baby, as it is something often only appreciated fully in retrospect. Photograph: Science Photo Library

The publication this month of a new online directory of doulas in Ireland reflects the growth of interest in this role of birth assistant. The (...)

 Michael Kivlehan husband of Dhara Kivlehan, who died after having a baby at Sligo Reional  Hospital: “If I am out with the children shopping or having a meal I am often approached by people asking me questions – they are worried [about having a baby in Sligo Regional Hospital].”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two men whose wives died in childbirth at Sligo Regional Hospital are to meet with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on Monday.Welcoming the invitation(...)

Capella Sherwood, doula Mary Tighe and Gregory Campbell with Winston (7 months) and Desmond (3) Campbell in Cork. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

When Capella Sherwood discovered she was pregnant within a few weeks of moving to Cork from Canada, one of the first things she did was to Google “dou(...)

Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger  referred to the court hearing on turning off the life support machine for a clinically dead pregnant woman at Christmas.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has again ruled out holding a referendum to reverse the eight amendment to the Constitution on the right to life of the unborn(...)