On the basis of  results from tests carried out, the couple opted for a termination, which was carried out in Holles Street two months ago. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

An independent review is to be conducted into the case of a termination carried out for reasons of fatal foetal abnormality, where a test later showed(...)

Women who visited the BBC’s helpline website after an episode of Call the Midwife complained about the lack of abortion advice. Photograph: Aimee Spinks/Neal Street Productions/BBC

Healthcare organisations in the UK have called on the BBC to reverse its “stigmatising” decision to not provide information about abortion. Following(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said more than 1,000 women who had cervical cancer had now signed up to a review of their slides by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has to do “a lot more” in relation to cervical cancer patients, the Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. Mr Harris has also def(...)

Health officials say all women who could become pregnant should make taking folic acid a daily habit, irrespective of whether they are planning a pregnancy or not. Photograph: iStock

Expectant mothers have long been advised to avoid particular foods for the duration of their pregnancy. And it is also widely known that taking certai(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald told the Dáil that “women were literally allowed to die before fault was admitted”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Scally report, published on Wednesday, was a measured account of a profound failure by the State’s health services. But its conclusions demonstra(...)

Dr Gabriel Scally in Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin, at the publication of his final report of the scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck Screening Programme. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The Scally report recounts in vivid detail how women were treated appallingly, once again, by the health service, but it largely defuses a political n(...)

The Taoiseach said there was a target of 28 days to provide medical records. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

All 3,000 women whose CervicalCheck smear tests are to be re-examined will be asked individually for their consent before the review begins, the Taois(...)

HSE director general John Connaghan before the Public Accounts Committee. Screengrab: Oireachtas.ie

The number of legal cases initiated against the National Screening Service by women claiming their cervical cancer was misdiagnosed has increased to 3(...)

I’ll set the scene. There will be a man and a woman and they are having sex. Up against a wall, in a bed, in a car, anywhere. Vertically, horizontally(...)

 Vicky and Jim Phelan from Annacotty, Co Limerick, pictured leaving the Four Courts last week after the announcement of a settlement of their High Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins

For the Government, the timing couldn’t be worse. In the middle of a tense referendum campaign on abortion, it has had to open an official inquiry in(...)

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