Secondary school students witness a live Caesarean section as part of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s transition year programme. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

‘If you think this is getting a bit bloody or gruesome, or you’re feeling faint, I suggest you step outside,” the gynaecologist warns. There is a s(...)

Jenny and Gavin Drake were flying home from an extended business trip in Scotland last October with their son Aidan when Ms Drake went into labour just over halfway through her expected term of pregnancy. She gave birth to Zoe Ireland who weighed just 1 lb 13 oz.

Four-month premature baby Zoe Ireland and her parents arrived home in Tennessee on Saturday after an anonymous individual donated €30,000 for a medica(...)

Writer, Joe Griffin and his (six day old) daughter Alice, at home in Cabra, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

My daughter, Alice, was born on November 22nd in the Rotunda Hospital, weighing a hefty 3.76kg (8lb 4.5 oz) and changing my life forever. A baby is a(...)

 Prof Fergal Malone: was the unanimous choice of the interview panel for the position from five shortlisted candidates, the Rotunda hospital board was told in April. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The board of the Rotunda Hospital was briefed on the circumstances in which the incoming master was named in the Revenue Commissioners’ list of tax de(...)

Francis Flynn and Fiona Watters, parents of Jamie Flynn, pictured leaving the Four Courts after a High Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins Courts

The parents of an infant who died two days after being delivered at Cavan General Hospital have secured €70,000 in settlement of their High Cou(...)

Master of the Rotunda Hospital Sam Coulter-Smith: said issues around abortion legislation were complex but the legislation ‘doesn’t help the situation’. Photograph: Eric Luke

The absence of a gestational age limit in the State’s current abortion legislation creates a challenge for doctors, the master of the Rotunda Hospita(...)

Sam Coulter Smith, master of the Rotunda. “We are still seeing good quality people but they are not coming back in the same numbers. There isn’t the same level of competition for jobs as there might have been in years gone by.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The medical brain drain is leading to a “dumbing-down” in the quality of doctors in Ireland, the master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin has warne(...)

Michelle Corrigan, at home in Swords, Co Dublin, with her three-year-old twins, Eric and Sean, whose lives were saved by the use of ground- breaking surgery at the Rotunda hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Imagine an aeroplane full of small children that’s careening out of control. The airline – let’s call it HSEAir – doesn’t have a brilliant reputati(...)

Before the new technique was pioneered in Ireland the mortality rate was 90%. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 100 children’s lives have been saved while still in the womb through the use of groundbreaking surgery since 2006 at the Rotunda Hospital, n(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Primary Care and Social Care Kathleen Lynch  at a briefing  on health projects in the capital plan at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government is to spend more than €3 billion over the next six years on building new hospitals, developing community nursing units for older peo(...)