Historian Catherine Corless: wants an archeological dig on the site of the 19th-century castle, which was run as an orphange by the Sisters of Mercy. “We need to establish if children were buried there.” Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Galway historian Catherine Corless has called for a full investigation into the buildings and land around a former Sisters of Mercy orphanage before i(...)

Dr Micky Collins, executive director at University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC): “There is clearly something wrong but we don’t know if concussion is the only variable in some of the scary things we are seeing.”  Photograph: by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

A fundamental disagreement in how brain injuries should be treated exists between leading US experts and what was agreed at last year’s international (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to announce an initiative to help reduce the number of people on waiting lists for diagnostic endoscopy tests. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to announce an initiative to help reduce the number of people on waiting lists for diagnostic endoscopy tests, als(...)

The  VHI Swiftcare centre at Dundum, Dublin. The VHI has decided to restrict use of its  clinics to its own members

It was convenient while it lasted, but families across the State will only have limited access to VHI Swiftcare clinics from September. Operating in D(...)

Bon Secours operates hospitals in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Tralee and Limerick

Profits more than doubled at Bon Secours Health System last year due to an increase in patient volumes and an extension of services across the private(...)

A number of settlements have been increased following the Court of Appeal’s “Russell” judgement.

An €11.6m settlement for a young girl with cerebral palsy has been increased by €3.9m to more than €15.6 million as a result of a recent ruling affect(...)

The site where ‘significant’ quantities of human remains were found buried under the site of a former institution for unmarried mothers run by the Sisters of the Bon Secours. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The examination of the mother-and-baby home site in Tuam, Co Galway, has been complicated because human remains from different babies are intermingled(...)

Priests heard there were “too many Masses in near-empty churches”. Photograph: Getty Images

Eight priests have taken their own lives in the past 10 to 15 years in Ireland, a meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Cavan has be(...)

The Guardian hailed Leo Varadkar’s appointment as evidence of “a new, progressive Ireland”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If you only ever read the international headlines about this small, damp island of ours, you might be lulled into congratulating yourself for living i(...)

Former master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Peter Boylan said the thanks of the State should go to the Sisters of Charity for their “brave decision” and to the Minister for Health. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The former master of the National Maternity Hospital Peter Boylan has said he feels personally vindicated by the decision of the Religious Sisters of (...)