Tony O Brien, director general of the  HSE, said he didn’t dispute the serious problems at the hospital. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The HSE appealed to the Department of Health to “urgently intervene” earlier in the bitter row with health watchdog Hiqa over its investigation into (...)

A preliminary report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) on standards of care at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise is dam(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he wants to see the Portlaoise hospital report published but added two organisations using public money should not be in “court situations”.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he wants to see the Portlaoise hospital report published but added two organisations using public money should not be in(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: described the women’s accounts as “unverified” and said the draft Hiqa report lacks accuracy and balance. Photograph: Alan Betson

A controversial draft report into baby deaths at a midlands hospital makes more than 250 “adverse findings or inferences” affecting senior figures (...)

Independent midwife Philomena Canning (centre) has been reinstated by the Health Service Executive to assist in home births. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Independent midwife Philomena Canning has been reinstated by the Health Service Executive to assist in home births.The HSE withdrew Ms Canning’s profe(...)

Medical errors occur. When they occur, they need to be acknowledged, both in the direct doctor-patient relationship, but also in formal proceedings lodged in court

I am a solicitor specialising in medical negligence cases. Before practising in Ireland, I was a partner in a London firm which acted for patients who(...)

Louise O’Keeffe says the Government is keeping the European Court of Human Rights in the dark on abuse offers. Photograph: Courtpix

Children’s rights campaigner Louise O’Keeffe has accused the Government of behaving like an Irish government of the 1930s by failing to tell Europe(...)

Twenty medical consultants gave up private practice last year  because of rapidly rising cost of indemnity cover, an Oireachtas committee has been told

Twenty medical consultants gave up private practice last year and more are expected to do so this year because of the rapidly rising cost of indemnity(...)

The State also holds €1.6 billion worth of contingent capital notes in AIB, also known as CoCos. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

The value of the State’s holding in AIB rose by €1.7 billion in 2014, according to the latest valuation carried out for the National Treasury Manag(...)

The Medical Protection Society, which provides indemnity cover for 16,000 Irish doctors, says “gravy train” legal fees are driving up health costs for patients and forcing doctors to join the “brain drain” leaving Ireland.

Legal fees in most medical negligence cases should be capped to 20 per cent of the award and tough financial penalties imposed on lawyers who bring fo(...)