Cliona Murphy

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Dr Cliona Murphy: “I thought I would see more women coming into the hospitals,” says the chairwoman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Photograph: Tom Honan

The 100th day of Ireland’s new abortion service was marked last Thursday in the same way as all the previous days – by a conspicuous lack of comment. (...)

Nurses on the picket line at James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Nurses began their campaign of industrial action yesterday buoyed up by widespread public support, but whether this can be maintained remains to be se(...)

Mothers chatting at the entrance to a tenement building in Dublin, circa 1945. The contraceptive pill arrived in Ireland in 1963, however contraception was not legalised here until 1980 Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Redemptorist “How many children have you?” asked The big Redemptorist. “Six, Father.” “The last, When was it born?” “Ten months ago.” “I cannot a(...)

Ailbhe Smyth, centre,  at a Together for Yes press conference in Dublin with Dr Cliona Murphy, left,  and Dr Aoife Mullally. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Together for Yes campaign, which supports repeal of the Eighth Amendment, has called for regulation of abortion pills in Ireland as figures show a 190(...)

Prof Fionnuala Breathnach, who works in the Rotunda Hospital, with her children (from left) Oscar, Dara, Éabha and Matthew. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

When obstetricians and midwives give birth themselves it isn’t always what they expect, despite their professional training. Prof Fionnuala Breathnac(...)