Staff at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublinhave raised the money for a new heart ultrasound machine for extremely premature babies through an online initiative. File photograph: Getty.

Christmas has come early for staff at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, who have raised the money for a new heart ultrasound machine for extremely prema(...)

A lack of space in the State’s  busiest maternity hospital is increasing the risk of infection and putting the lives of newborns at risk, the hospital’s master, Prof Fergal Malone, says. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Staff at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin have resorted to online fundraising to buy a new heart ultrasound machine for extremely premature babies becau(...)

Ellie Curran and Shane Ó Foghlú with their children Rian and Éabha at their home in Artane, Dublin. On the wall behind are mounted hand and foot prints of their first-born children, twins Aidan and Donnacha, who were born prematurely and died, along with prints of Éabha and Rian. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“We have been a mother and father. Now we want to be parents.” They were the parting words of Shane Ó Foghlú and Ellie Curran last time we met. Appea(...)