Health professionals say genetic screening technology can play a vital role in preventing miscarriages and the inheritance of debilitating genetic conditions. File photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

An Irish newborn has become the first reported case in the world of a baby born free of an extremely rare fatal condition despite both of her parents (...)

Rachel Harte posing with her baby girl, Sienna, at Cork University Maternity Hospital on Christmas Day. Photograph: Eddie O’Hare

Proud parents Rachel Harte and Matthew Cheung are relaxing after the dramatic delivery of their baby girl on the side of a road on Christmas morning.T(...)

Her pink shoe: one of the images photographed by artist Marie Brett for a project on the impact of infant loss, which opens at the Galway Arts Centre early next month.

A tiny baby’s blanket tied with ribbons, a christening gown and two identity bracelets are among images photographed by artist Marie Brett for a proj(...)

Baby Bridget, daughter of Patrick Mullane and Lisa Cooke from Cork,  at Cork University Maternity Hospital where she was born on June 27th following pre-implantation genetic diagnosis at the Cork Fertility Centre

BARRY ROCHESouthern Correspondent, Cork A couple, who have had the first baby born in the Republic of Ireland following a technique to screen embryos (...)

Baby Bridget weighed in at a healthy 7lbs 9oz (3.4kg) at Cork University Maternity Hospital on June 27th when she was born to a  couple  at risk of having a baby with Cystic Fibrosis. Photograph: Google Street View

The birth of the first baby in the Republic following a technique to screen embryos for genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis prior to implantati(...)

A consultant microbiologist at Cork University Hospital said the flu vaccine would be enough to protect people against the virus. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cork University Hospital has put visitor restrictions in place following an outbreak of swine flu. The(...)

Marian  and Rob Heffernan welcome daughter. Picture: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

World race walking champion Robert Heffernan and his wife Marian were celebrating yesterday following the birth of a daughter. Marian Heffernan(...)

Jill Leonard and Adrian O’Connor from Ennis, Co Clare, with their baby Kane O’Connor. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Jill Leonard and Adrian O’Connor had just welcomed their new son Kane into the world but their joy was marred somewhat by an unwelcome surprise.When J(...)

Renting a holiday home to give yourself the option of a home birth may sound a bit extreme but that’s what some women in the southeast have done to en(...)

Star of The Voice Kelly McDonagh Mongan from Cork with her baby boy Bernie at the Traveller Pride Awards.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It has been a remarkable year by any standards for the Travelling community. Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin an(...)