Minister for Health Simon Harris ordered the HSE to investigate, describing as “extraordinarily concerning and disturbing” the thought that “anyone’s patient details could be leaked”. Photograph: Tom Honan

The National Maternity Hospital has assured women about the safety of its IT systems following an alleged breach of patient information last month inv(...)

The NMH said the posts were being funded from an allocation from the HSE for the provision of termination-of-pregnancy services. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Holles Street has confirmed that two recently advertised consultant posts will be available only to doctors w(...)

The Coombe Hospital in Dublin is one of  nine of the State’s 19 maternity hospitals to offer abortion services so far. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Coombe Women and Infant’s University Hospital has begun offering abortion services, but only for women in its catchment area. The Coombe is the l(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris  described as ‘extraordinarily concerning and disturbing’ the thought that ‘anyone’s patient details could be leaked’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health Simon Harris has ordered the Health Service Executive to investigate an alleged breach of patient information in relation to a wom(...)

Karen McEvoy, who died a week after giving birth in the Coombe hospital,  and  Barry Kelly. Neither Mr Kelly nor his solicitor, Niamh O’Brien, has been provided with an interim postmortem result, a death certificate or any of Ms McEvoy’s medical notes.

Partners and families left grieving after the death of a woman during or soon after childbirth must be given information about what happened as soon a(...)

Ambulance  staff  at the ambulance  facility on Davitt Road, Dublin, during their  work stoppage on Tuesday  in their dispute over trade union representation rights. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Hospitals have begun advising thousands of patients that elective admissions and planned out-patient appointments for January 30th are to be cancelled(...)

The Coombe Women and Infants hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

About 2-3 per cent of pregnancies involve a congenital abnormality, of which about 15 per cent are life-limiting, or potentially so. Major congenital (...)

Amid the continuing controversy over an anti-abortion protest outside a GP clinic in Galway last week, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin said: “It’s up to the Government to provide ways in which the various rights of people are protected.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Today marks the day when Ireland’s new abortion service gets under way in earnest, with the first women likely to receive their medication in GP surge(...)


No abortions are being provided in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly because not a single GP in the four counties has signed up to the new service. A(...)

The MyOptions helpline has been set up by the HSE as the main referral path for women seeking a termination.

The first consultations for women seeking an abortion have taken place since the service became legal on January 1st. GPs, who have opted in to provi(...)

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