University Hospital Galway: management confirmed that lack of privacy is an issue, and that some patients have experienced “difficulties”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Terminally ill patients and their families are being deprived of dignity and privacy in the emergency department of the west’s largest hospital, pr(...)

Savita Halappanavar (31),  who was 17 weeks pregnant, died of sepsis in University Hospital Galway in October 2012 following a miscarriage. A subsequent Hiqa report  said staff failed to recognise and act upon signs of her clinical deterioration in a timely and appropriate manner.

Advice to hospitals on the management of pregnant women with suspected sepsis has been updated in the light of the lessons learned from the death of(...)

The Health Information and Quality Authority raised concerns around the management of blood monitoring equipment in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has raised concerns around the management of blood monitoring equipment in Portiuncula Hospital in(...)

Western and southern counties have experienced serious flooding in recent weeks. This undated handout photo issued by Defence Forces Ireland of flooding along the river Shannon near Ballinalose. File photorgaph: Defence Forces Ireland/PA Wire

Galway County Council has requested help from the Defence Forces to assist five families who are struggling to access their homes in the Ardrah(...)

ESB staff spent yesterday working to restore power to 20,000 customers

LORNA SIGGINS Thousands of homes and businesses in Limerick could be without electricity for several days fo(...)

University Hospital Galway (UHG) has cancelled all non-urgent surgery due to a “significant” increase in demand at its accident and emergency departme(...)

Prof Sabaratnam Arulkatumaran (left) , chairperson, and Dr Philip Crowler, National Director for Quality and Patient Safety, at the publication of the Health Service Executive (HSE) clinical review report into the death of Savita Halappanavar in Dublin in June. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The findings of all three investigations into the death of Savita Halappanavar (31) at University Hospital Galway (UHG) a year ago are to discussed at(...)

Right, Mary Bracken (18) with artist Rachel Tynan with a book they collaborated on called Colours of Life. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Teenage dialysis patient Mary Bracken didn’t quite know what to make of artist Rachel Tynan when she arrived at her hospital bedside one day last year(...)

 Dr Peter Boylan: At the inquest in April, the clinical director of the National Maternity Hospital argued that Ms Halappanavar would be alive today if she had been given the termination she asked for.

So, after three inquiries, are we any wiser? Do we know why Savita Halappanavar died? And what does her death tell us about the wider state of materni(...)

Marty Whelan,  Health Information and Quality Authority head of communications, chief executive Dr Tracey Cooper, consultant anaesthetist Dr Nuala Lucas, and director of regulations Phelim Quinn at the publication yesterday of the report into the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

University Hospital Galway failed to provide Savita Halappanavar with “the most basic elements of patient care” and failed to recognise and act upon s(...)