Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The release yesterday of the first report by the Health Service Executive on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act was a deliberately low-key af(...)

The publication of a review commissioned by the Health Service Executive, following concerns raised by women in the aftermath of revelations about bab(...)

Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Childbirth is increasingly framed in a “consumer context” full of expectations that cannot be met, according to the head of the State’s biggest matern(...)

The Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. A review which looked at case notes of 28 births about which concerns have been raised, many in Portlaoise, has been published.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Women who suffer adverse events in Irish maternity units should be provided with the results of a review into their case within two months, a new repo(...)

Six Irish students have been confirmed dead in Berkeley California. They are (clockwise from top left): Eimear Walsh (21), Olivia Burke (21), Ashley Donohoe (22), Lorcán Miller (21), Niccolai Schuster (21) and Eoghan Culligan (21). 2:41

Eimear Walsh (21) Eimear Walsh, a medicine student at UCD, has a brother named Robert. She had listed her spoken languages on Facebook as English, Iri(...)

Gaye Edwards from Co Wicklow with  Dr Rhona Mahony, Master National Maternity Hospital, at the launch of the Amnesty International Ireland Report in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Clinical decisions on whether or not a pregnant woman’s life is in danger and can only be saved with an abortion are difficult and “framed in a crimin(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien. St Vincent’s Healthcare Group has threatened a ‘legal battle’ with the health executive if more than 100 consultants are prevented from doing private work. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, which runs two of Dublin’s main hospitals, has threatened a “legal battle” with the HSE if more than 100(...)

Irish Times technology journalist  Ciara O’Brien (right) and her sister Sorca  celebrate upon  finishing the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin on June 1st, 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Run the mini marathon, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. The weather’s always great, they said. Well, they were right on one of those things: the V(...)

Bereaved parents Mark and Róisín Molloy with Amy Delahunt and Ollie Kelly: maternity practices at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, caused them great personal loss. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Unearthing the truth about Ireland’s maternity services is like peeling an onion. The Hiqa investigation into the Midland Regional Hospital, Portla(...)

HSE chief Tony O Brien: Took the decision on foot of “specific allegations” received concerning the broader group which operates the publicly-funded St Vincent’s and St Michael’s hospitals in Dublin and the associated St Vincent’s Private Hospital. Photograph: The Irish Times

The HSE is to commission external forensic auditors to review financial arrangements within the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group. It said its director g(...)