Belfast, Derry and Strabane, where large swathes of the population are in receipt of benefits, are expected to fare worst, with Belfast in particular losing more money than any other major UK city.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Controversial welfare reforms will hit Northern Ireland harder than anywhere else in the UK, new research has found. About £750 million (€894 m(...)

Dr Sam Coulter Smyth, master of the Rotunda Maternity Hospital in Dublin: would love to see women starting off with midwife-led care, once there was a seamless transfer to an obstetric-led unit if complications occurred. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Women who receive continuous care from midwives throughout pregnancy and birth fare better than women cared for by a combination of obstetricians, (...)