Peter Mckenna

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The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street, which is one of relatively few Irish hospitals to have made the switch to e-health records. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A long-promised investigation into an abortion carried out at the National Maternity Hospital this year is being delayed by the hospital’s inability t(...)

The extent of the individual divergences from the initial cervical smear results is not yet known, but the review has found some cancers could have been prevented, it is understood. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Large numbers of previously missed abnormalities have been uncovered in the biggest review of smear tests undertaken since cervical cancer screening b(...)

The tests rely on samples of the baby’s DNA in the mother’s blood to gauge the risk of genetic conditions, rather than testing the foetus directly. Photograph: iStock

Prenatal testing of babies in the womb is a multibillion euro global industry that has grown massively in the past decade after the development of new(...)

The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pregnant women undergoing tests for possible foetal anomalies must be given more information about the tests’ shortcomings, the State’s maternity hosp(...)

Connect Airways has hired Stobart’s previous managing director, Graeme Buchanan, as chief financial officer. Photograph: iStock

Aer Lingus Regional operator Stobart Air has appointed its former chief operating officer Andy Jolly as its new managing director, a role he has held (...)

A cervical cancer cell

The HSE’s chief executive, Paul Reid, has ordered a “rapid review” into how cervical screening test results were either delayed for or not issued to 8(...)

Sparkling walls: inside the Dalradian gold mine in Tyrone. Photograph: Paul Lindsay

In Greencastle, Co Tyrone, even wakes are split over the gold mine. “Wakes would be a big thing around here,” says Kathleen Beggs, “and you’d nearly (...)

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul speaking outside Dublin’s High Court last week. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA

Screening services should not be “paused” on foot of the High Court ruling in the case of terminally-ill Limerick woman Ruth Morrissey who sued over h(...)

Ruth Morrissey and her husband, Paul, outside the Four Courts  at the conclusion of her case. Parties normally have 10 days to lodge an appeal, but this has been shortened in view of Ms Morrissey’s terminal illness. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Senior health service staff this week proposed halting the State’s four screening programmes until the implications of last week’s High Court judgment(...)

Marie Downey, who died in her room at CUMH. Her newborn, Darragh, died two days later. Photograph: Facebook

Three nurses were caring for 31 mothers at Cork University Maternity Hospital last Monday on Marie Downey’s ward when she was found dead in her single(...)

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