Walter Paget: Birth of the Irish Republic

Events in the GPO during Easter 1916 have often been described as the “birth of the Irish republic”. That’s even the title of a painting by Walter Pag(...)

Survivors of Symphysiotomy chairwoman Marie O’Connor (far right) with members and supporters of  the group: The State recently claimed to the UN Women’s Committee   that in many cases consent was obtained before the pelvis-breaking procedure was performed.  Photograph: Alan Betson

In 2014, the UN Human Rights Committee found that the practice of symphysiotomy constituted torture and involuntary medical experimentation. Ireland (...)

The Women’s Clinic (in building on right) on Berkeley Street  in Dublin is next door to Reproductive Choices, a pregnancy advisory clinic closely aligned to the Marie Stopes organisation in the UK. The clinics are unrelated. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris has promised to consider “every possible option” to ensure women are provided with reliable pregnancy counselling inf(...)

Women who are travelling to the US at a later stage in pregnancy should check their travel insurance policy as they may not be covered for medical treatment if they go into pre-term labour while in the States. Photograph: iStockphoto

So you’ve decided to take the bump on a babymoon but are unsure as to the risks of travelling while expecting. Making any trip as safe and comfortabl(...)

A failure to create a single governance system for the two hospitals when the maternity hospital moves to St Vincent’s will waste taxpayers’ money and could increase the risk of costly litigation, according to Prof Michael Keane. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Pregnant women will face delays and potential health risks if the National Maternity Hospital is run separately from St Vincent’s hospital after reloc(...)

St Vincent’s University Hospital. St Vincent’s  is eight-10 times bigger than Holles Street, based on patient or staff numbers, so the potential for it to dwarf the maternity hospital is obvious. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Opinion is divided within the health service as to whether the row between the National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent’s hospital is a simple turf (...)

The chairman of St Vincent’s Hospital has  dismissed as sensational the “tale of nuns attempting to control Irish maternity services”. However, history shows that ethos affects treatment. File photograph:  Dave Meehan

The Institute of Obstetricians has expressed concern that St Vincent’s hospital, which is owned by the Religious Sisters of Charity, will govern the N(...)

St Vincent’s hospital is wholly owned by the Religious Sisters of Charity, two of whose nuns sit on the board. File photograph: Dave Meehan

The chairman of St Vincent’s hospital has dismissed as “groundless and sensational” claims that the nuns who own the hospital are trying to “take cont(...)

The HIQA report into the death of Savita Halappanavar recommended the development of a National Maternity Strategy. It took the deaths of Sally Rowlet(...)

The Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaiose. Róisín Molloy, whose son Mark died in Portlaoise, told the launch the greatest apology she and other parents could get was to implement the new maternity  strategy. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Detailed information on the safety of the State’s 19 maternity units is to be published by the HSE next month. The statements will allow intending mo(...)

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