Senator Rónán Mullen: ‘If there was abortion on demand she wouldn’t have been in the hospital because she wouldn’t have been pregnant.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Friends in Galway of Savita Halappanavar have described comments by Senator Ronan Mullen on the circumstances in which she died as “very sad”, “rude” (...)

Senator Ronan Mullen said on Thursday the ‘media was full of claims from doctors that Savita’s death... was caused by the Eighth Amendment. Three reports found that it was medical mismanagement of sepsis’. Photograph: Collins

Independent Senator Ronan Mullen has been strongly criticised for comments he made today on the circumstances in which Savita Halappanavar died. Mr (...)

Prof Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, president-elect of the International Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology & author of the report on the death of Savita Hallappanavar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Eighth Amendment “played a major role” in the death of Savita Halappanavar during pregnancy, a leading international expert in obstetrics has said(...)

Senator Catherine Noone, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, speaks during session this afternoon. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has tonight voted not to retain Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution (another term for the amendment) i(...)

The constitutional ban on abortion is “unworkable” because of online access to abortion pills, Peter Boylan, the former master of Holles St and chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Ireland, will tell the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The constitutional ban on abortion is “unworkable” because of online access to abortion pills, Peter Boylan, the former master of Holles St and chairm(...)

Peter Twomey holding baby Alexandra with his partner Claire Woods at their home in Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Debates and discussions on abortion in Ireland rarely include men’s experiences. The fact is, though, that for every one of the 170,000 people from Ir(...)

Professor of law Ivana Bacik. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Almost 30 years ago, I was threatened with prison by SPUC (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children). It was September 1989. I was president of T(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: Sepsis is an extraordinary killer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

One in five patients who develop sepsis dies from the condition despite efforts to reduce mortality rates in Ireland by 30 per cent over five years. (...)

Maternity care has become something of a bellwether for health services in the Republic. The shock associated with the death of Savita Halappanavar at(...)

Paula McGrath: The novel-writing process is about this constant play between critical thinking and creative writing, figuring out when to direct and when to take a back-seat. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

A History of Running Away started with a vivid image: a teenage girl, with hair back-combed into a halo of black spikes, pale face, heavy eye make-up,(...)