Matthew McGrath with his parents, Cathy and Alan and sister, Nicola, after the announcement of the settlement of their High Court action. Photograph: Courts Collins

Medical negligence cases tend to set two types of record: for the sum of money awarded and for the time it takes to settle.The case of 12-year-old Mat(...)

Hiqa stands its ground

There has been too much official ducking and diving because of a highly critical report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) concern(...)

Significant concerns over the quality and safety of maternity services at Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise existed as far back as 2007 but were not acted upon, according to the draft report from the State’s health watchdog. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Significant concerns over the quality and safety of maternity services at Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise existed as far back as 2007 but were(...)

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(...)