The High Court has made orders allowing the Health Service Executive to take steps aimed at saving the life of a severely ill woman with an eating dis(...)

The child, Mary*, and her sister Claire*, were “failed consistently” by the State, while in the foster care of their grandparents in a rural area, from 2000 to 2014, an independent review found. Illustrative photograph: Getty

The State’s handling of a case where a child was left in a foster home suffering severe emotional abuse and “gross neglect,” despite numerous reports (...)

A review of the case of “Mary”, who was fostered as a baby with her grandparents in rural Ireland in 2000, before finally being removed from them 14 years later, shows what can go wrong when health administrators either don’t care sufficiently about vulnerable children or are fearful of taking action. Photograph: iStock

When past horror stories about the abusive treatment of children – inside and outside of families – emerge into the light, there is a tendency to take(...)

Allegations of physical abuse were not properly investigated by social workers, nor were suggestions of inappropriate sexual behaviour. Photograph: iStock

After 13 years in the foster care of her grandparents, where she suffered severe emotional abuse and physical neglect, Mary* told her social worker sh(...)

The confidential review, seen by The Irish Times, found the girls should have been removed from the home in 2003; they were not taken out until 2014.   Photograph: iStock

A young girl was left in a foster home where she was subject to “gross neglect” and severe emotional abuse for more than a decade, as the health servi(...)

New guidelines were recommended in official reports into the death of Savita Halappanavar in University Hospital Galway in 2012.

The Health Service Executive has won an international award for its efforts to tackle sepsis after showing it had cut the death rate from the conditio(...)

Alcohol passes from the mother’s blood into the baby’s blood via the placenta and can damage a baby’s developing brain and body, the HSE points out in a new information campaign on the issue. File photograph: iStock

No amount of alcohol is safe for a baby at any stage of pregnancy, the Health Service Executive has warned. Alcohol passes from the mother’s blood in(...)

Inspectors  found a live mouse and a large amount of rodent droppings in the Donnybrook restaurant’s kitchen.  File photograph: iStock

A restaurant in Donnybrook, Dublin has been served with a closure order after a live mouse and rodent droppings were discovered in the kitchen. The (...)

The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists says the wait time for public patients has lengthened from one to two months, to more than six months. Photograph: iStock

More than 160 healthcare posts in primary care have been cut this year as a consequence of spending curbs imposed by the Health Service Executive, new(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris at the launch of the HSE capital plan at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in  Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The long overdue publication of the Health Service Executive (HSE) €2.1 billion capital plan until the end of 2021 is welcome but it begs many questio(...)

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