Sharon Sheehan

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The Coombe began providing abortion services last month after calling for a delay in introducing the procedure. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Coombe hospital in Dublin is seeking a new head as the existing master, Dr Sharon Sheehan, completes her seven-year term this year. One of the la(...)

Within two days of giving birth, Karen McEvoy was complaining of severe back and abdominal pain, exhaustion, flu-like symptoms and sweating.

Karen McEvoy (24), originally from Tallaght in Dublin, died of suspected sepsis on Christmas Day, a week after she had given birth in the Coombe hospi(...)

The Coombe Women and Infants hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

About 2-3 per cent of pregnancies involve a congenital abnormality, of which about 15 per cent are life-limiting, or potentially so. Major congenital (...)

A spokeswoman for the Rotunda in Dublin said it would be providing abortions from the new year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 162 doctors signed up to provide abortion services in the State will “be enough” to ensure that women do not have to go abroad to terminate a preg(...)

Coombe master Dr Sharon Sheehan  has cited issues including the absence of finalised clinical guidelines, models of care and legislation, as well as staff training and resources, for a delay implementing new legislation. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital has told the Government it will not be ready to provide abortion services from January 1st as plann(...)

The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Aisling McNevin (26) was diagnosed with having a fatal foetal abnormality less than a week after the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment was pas(...)

Eoin McCallig:  a €15m settlement was approved by High Court on Tuesday, a few days ahead of his fifth birthday.

A young boy with cerebral palsy has secured a €15 million settlement and apology from a Dublin maternity hospital that he sued, claiming negligence i(...)

Soaring health negligence costs

According to the head of the State Claims Agency (SCA), the cost of meeting medical negligence claims next year is likely to reach €300 million. A rec(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris, with Ciarán Breen, director of the  State Claims Agency at the Quality, Patient Safety and Clinical Risk conference at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The cost of meeting medical negligence claims next year is likely to reach €300m, the highest figure yet, the head of the State Claims Agency has said(...)

The first man to see my second child emerge into the world wasn’t my husband. That honour, if you will, fell to Dave the paramedic. Not that this was (...)

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