Irish woman Bridget Lawlor in St Chad’s Hospital in Birmingham in 1955. Photograph: Raymond Kleboe/Picture Post/Getty Images

“No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means,” said Mr Aneurin Bevan, UK ministe(...)

 The State’s only full-time perinatal psychiatrists are located in Dublin and Limerick. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Ireland has just two full-time specialist psychiatrists for every woman in Ireland who is either expecting a baby or who has recently given birth. A(...)

Feel useless as a mother as a wife as a woman. See no hope for the future. Trying desperately to see hope for the future but becoming more and more di(...)

Dr Anthony McCarthy, psychiatrist at National Maternity Hospital: women pressurised into having a termination, and women exposed to strongly negative attitudes towards abortion, were likely to have “worse outcomes”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Medical research has shown unwanted pregnancies are associated with an increased risk of mental health problems, the Oireachtas Committee on the Eight(...)

Consultant psychiatrist at the National Maternity Hospital Anthony McCarthy: “As doctors we must be aware of the complexities involved for everyone, and listen and not prejudge.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish women are accessing abortions in the later stage of their pregnancies due to the difficulties in accessing services, an Oireachtas committee is (...)

A new report   published by the  HSE  earlier this year  was developed “to improve and standardise bereavement care provided to families in the aftermath of a maternal death”. Photograph: Getty

While all untimely deaths are tragic, the death of a new mother in pregnancy or the post-natal period carries a particular poignancy. The tragedy is f(...)

A screengrab from Saturday’s meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly in Malahide, Co Dublin

The Eighth Amendment is not “satisfactory or helpful” for women who experience unplanned or crisis pregnancies, the first full meeting of the Citizens(...)

 Supermac’s chief Pat McDonagh: “The process of developing a hotel is hard. It’s too long, too cumbersome. Certain people just try to block everything.”

Supermac’s founder Pat McDonagh is among the wiliest operators in Irish business. There’s a refreshing directness about the man that would be anathema(...)

British singer Colin Vearncombe, who had a hit with Wonderful Life under the stage name Black, died from severe head injuries sustained when his car spun out of control on an icy road and crashed into another car in Co Cork, an inquest has heard. Photograph: Gisli Snaer/PA.

British singer Colin Vearncombe, who had a hit with Wonderful Life under the stage name Black, died from severe head injuries sustained when his car s(...)

Isabela Speedon, a medical assistant, puts clean sheets on an examining table at the Whole Woman’s abortion clinic in McAllen, Texas. Photograph: Delcia Lopez/The New York Times

The procedure in place for a pregnant woman at risk of suicide to obtain a legal termination under the recent abortion legislation could further damag(...)

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