Mike Thompson

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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. (...)

Australia coach  Michael Cheika   in 2009 when he was head coach of Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Michael Cheika remains a well-liked figure hereabouts and the feeling works both ways. He still makes fairly regular sorties back to Ireland and an up(...)


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(...)

Dr Peter Boylan said expectations had to be kept in context, and that women in other countries often had to travel “hundreds of miles” to access such services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Revised ethical guidelines for doctors on abortion and conscientious objection will not be ready in time for the planned rollout of termination servic(...)

Caroline Wilson of Belfast Food Tours with  a group on  tour.

Imagine a meal that begins with the snap of crusty sourdough spread generously with Co Down’s golden Abernethy butter. Then move on to a plate of just(...)

More than 1,000 gathered to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Bradford Fire, which took the lives of 56 people. Photogrpah: PA

Families of the 56 football fans who died in the Bradford fire have said the service to mark the 30th anniversary of the tragedy was “humbling”.More t(...)