Minister for Health Simon Harris said more than 1,000 women who had cervical cancer had now signed up to a review of their slides by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has to do “a lot more” in relation to cervical cancer patients, the Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. Mr Harris has also def(...)

Health officials say all women who could become pregnant should make taking folic acid a daily habit, irrespective of whether they are planning a pregnancy or not. Photograph: iStock

Expectant mothers have long been advised to avoid particular foods for the duration of their pregnancy. And it is also widely known that taking certai(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald told the Dáil that “women were literally allowed to die before fault was admitted”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Scally report, published on Wednesday, was a measured account of a profound failure by the State’s health services. But its conclusions demonstra(...)

Dr Gabriel Scally in Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin, at the publication of his final report of the scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck Screening Programme. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The Scally report recounts in vivid detail how women were treated appallingly, once again, by the health service, but it largely defuses a political n(...)

The Taoiseach said there was a target of 28 days to provide medical records. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

All 3,000 women whose CervicalCheck smear tests are to be re-examined will be asked individually for their consent before the review begins, the Taois(...)

HSE director general John Connaghan before the Public Accounts Committee. Screengrab: Oireachtas.ie

The number of legal cases initiated against the National Screening Service by women claiming their cervical cancer was misdiagnosed has increased to 3(...)

I’ll set the scene. There will be a man and a woman and they are having sex. Up against a wall, in a bed, in a car, anywhere. Vertically, horizontally(...)

 Vicky and Jim Phelan from Annacotty, Co Limerick, pictured leaving the Four Courts last week after the announcement of a settlement of their High Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins

For the Government, the timing couldn’t be worse. In the middle of a tense referendum campaign on abortion, it has had to open an official inquiry in(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: estimates between 2,000 and 3,000  women did not have their cases examined as part of the clinical audit.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

So, what is happening? A couple of things were announced yesterday. The first is that women adversely affected by this controversy will be entitled t(...)

Prof Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said  ‘women in the Republic of Ireland should be able to access abortion care services within their own country. Photograph: Getty

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which trains and accredits most Irish obstetricians, has expressed its support for the repeal o(...)

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