A pro-choice march in Dublin, 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke

Leading obstetricians are seeking to have the introduction of abortion delayed “because of risks to patient safety due to inadequate preparation” for (...)

Ifrah Ahmed, Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri and Dr Chris Fitzpatrick at the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre  in Dublin., Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A fatwa against female genital mutilation (FGM) “in all its forms” has been issued by Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, head imam of the Islamic Centre of Ire(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: FGM is never ever justifiable.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has condemned comments made by a Muslim cleric in relation to female genital mutilation (FGM) as being “offensive(...)

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The views of a prominent member of the Muslim community in Ireland on female genital mutilation are “medically incorrect and highly dangerous”, a lead(...)

A woman walks through Court Town woods, Co Wexford, over the weekend. Warm and sunny weather has been forecast for the week ahead. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pregnancy terminations have taken place in Irish hospitals for decades One of Ireland’s leading obstetricians has said the termination of pregnancies(...)

Former master of the Coombe Dr Chris Fitzpatrick: “I have direct experience of terminating pregnancies in order to save the life of the mother.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

One of Ireland’s leading obstetricians has said the termination of pregnancies to save the mother had been taking place in maternity hospitals across (...)

Prof Chris Fitzpatrick: “Ireland is a different country than it was and this needs to be reflected in our public services and institutions.” Photograph: Alan Betson

In the late 1960s, I was an altar boy in a convent on Dublin’s northside. There was a school, an orphanage and a laundry on the same site. At Mass, th(...)

Chief operations officer Kay Connolly (left) with Minister for Health  Simon Harris and Master of the National Maternity Hospital  Dr Rhona Mahony with the model of the proposed new facility.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Simon Harris has indicated the State will seek a stake in the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) after its tra(...)

Prof John Crown has called on St Vincent’s University Hospital to declare its independence. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leading medical experts have called on the board of St Vincent’s University Hospital to provide public assurances that the facility operates independe(...)

“Up to 1969, St Vincent’s, Stephen’s Green [the original site of the hospital] received a total of £2.1 million and St Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park, received £3.1 million” from the sweepstake funds.

It is a pity the former master of Holles Street, Dr Peter Boylan, abstained rather than voted against the deal to relocate the national maternity hosp(...)

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