Minister for Health Simon Harris and Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tobin on RTÉ’s Prime Time debate with Miriam O’Callaghan. Photograph: RTÉ

“We’re standing here with the luxury of being two men who will never experience a crisis pregnancy,” Health minister Simon Harris told his opponent, S(...)

“I sit in clinics daily listening to the extraordinarily difficult lives of women who are trying to cope with the most challenging of human endeavours – trying to be a good parent.”

Women in some of the poorest parts of Dublin are taking their own lives in the same numbers as men for the first time, HSE officials are warning. The(...)

More than 25 consultant psychiatrists outlined their concerns over a potential law that would, they believe, misuse the concept of “healthcare”. File photograph: Getty Images

A group of psychiatrists has said proposed abortion legislation in Ireland should not be used to facilitate terminations on “spurious” mental health g(...)

Tom O’Malley: legislating for abortion in rape cases “legally complex and therefore open to legal challenge”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment has been advised that if a woman is granted an abortion because of an alleged rape, this may h(...)

 Prof Veronica O’Keane: accessing abortion through the Act is a “lottery” and dependent on which psychiatrist the distressed woman or girl attends. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act is “unworkable” for women and girls, and “unfair” on psychiatrists, leading practitioners have warned. J(...)

Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland: “Ireland must hold a referendum to remove the Eighth Amendment . . . and introduce legislation . . . This must include the removal of all criminal sanctions on women.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The State should not make decisions about individuals’ sexual and reproductive health, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has said.(...)

Under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act a pregnant woman or girl  may have an abortion if  there is a real and substantial risk to her life by suicide. Photograph: Istock

Accessing an abortion under the terms of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act (PLDPA) can be a “lottery”, a leading perinatal psychiatrist has (...)

The World Conference on Women's Health at the RDS was told women’s and children’s rights were more vulnerable in patriarchal societies

The concept of “family values” can undermine the rights of women and children, a United Nations health expert has warned Dainius Puras, UN special ra(...)

“Rights, Resilience, Recovery” is  the  theme of   the 2017 World Congress on Women’s Mental Health taking place in the RDS  from March 6th-9th

“Rights, Resilience, Recovery” is a big theme for a big global meeting on women’s mental health, but two years ago in Japan, experts chose Ireland as (...)

While low mood and anxiety are actually quite normal during pregnancy due to the increase in stress hormones and the enormity of what is happening, Prof O’Keane advises women who are feeling depressed or very anxious to seek help from their midwife or doctor.

While most people have heard of post-natal depression, there is very little awareness of depression during pregnancy (antenatal depression) which is j(...)

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