Róisín and Mark Molloy, whose son Mark junior died shortly after birth in Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, in 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A HSE assessment team has been set up to establish whether proper action and safety measures have been taken in Irish maternity hospitals since the 20(...)

The three women, two men and a boy were discovered in the refrigerated container near Stradbally, Co Laois

A group of foreign nationals who were discovered in the rear of a truck in Co Laois on Saturday has been moved to a reception centre for refugees. Th(...)

After initial reluctance within the HSE, over 200 complaints were referred to a review team chaired by Dr Peter Boylan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The HSE Maternity Clinical Complaints Review is the sixth report sparked by the tragedy of a series of unnecessary baby deaths in Portlaoise hospital,(...)

Patient Focus has been dealing with the families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital since 2012

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has apologised to 14 families over the handling of their births, including eight in which a baby died, as recommend(...)

‘The incidents found during the review were previously unknown and unreported, and came to light “accidentally”, according to Patient Focus, which participated in the review.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Health Service Executive should apologise to 14 families over the handling of births, including eight in which a baby died, according to a newly-p(...)

The number of women giving birth in Portlaoise has plummeted, from a high of more than 2,300 in 2010 to 1,400 last year. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

As political fixes go, the inaction over Portlaoise hospital is not usual. Politicians know they are more likely to draw flak for taking a difficult d(...)

 Portlaoise hospital. Last December a follow-up report by Hiqa found there were continuing safety concerns at the hospital

The Government’s continuing failure to decide on the future of Portlaoise hospital has been criticised by a senior HSE manager. The failure to publis(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris has appeared to ratchet up the pressure on HSE senior managers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Simon Harris has promised on at least five occasions since his appointment to enforce measures to make health managers accountable(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien warned of a number of significant risks to the delivery of health services next year as the organisation set out its plans for its €14bn budget. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Health Service Executive has published its €14 billion service plan for 2017, which provides just €36.5 million for new service developments. A f(...)

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise: Hiqa says it is at a “critical juncture” because of continuing safety concerns.

The Government is facing a politically contentious decision in the Midlands after an official report raised concerns over safety standards at Midland (...)

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