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(...)

The Medical Protection Society is pressing for legal changes to limit the rising cost of medical negligence. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

The payment of massive damages to the victims of medical negligence has become a familiar story from the Four Courts in recent years. Earlier this mon(...)

Louise O’Keeffe took a successful case to the European Court of Human Rights over her abuse in a national school in Cork in the 1970s. Photograph: Collins Courts

A solicitor representing claimants against the state who suffered sexual abused in primary school has described the Government’s settlement offer as “(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: The larger-than-expected bailout for the Department of Health will mean the equivalent sum is carried forward into next year’s account, though Mr Varadkar insists it will have no impact on next year’s available funding. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The overall supplementary estimates required by Government Departments, including Health, for this year will be in excess of €1.1 billion.Minister fo(...)

Minister for Health  Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Department of Health is seeking a €680 million supplementary budget for the Health Service Executive next month, as part of a €1.18 billion in ext(...)