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(...)

Members and supporters of Survivors of Symphysiotomy protest outside the Department of the Taoiseach  about the Murphy report and the redress scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Looking back, more than 50 years after a symphysiotomy was performed on her in a Dublin maternity hospital, Kate says she considers herself an “exper(...)

Colm Devitt has died after apparently falling into a lake while walking in Co Clare.

A man has died following an apparent drowning in Clare, the third tragedy in the county in as many days. The man, named locally as Colm Devitt (41), i(...)

Brighid Malone: made a point of speaking to nursing staff, asking them what small changes might improve their working lives and ensuring that these were implemented.

Brighid Malone, who has died aged 92, was former assistant master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, and the first woma(...)