Gardai at the scene of  a  car crash on the Rathdowney to Abbeyleix Road in  Co Laois which killed three people. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A man and two women have died after their car hit a road sign on the Rathdowney to Abbeyleix Road in Co Laois. The incident happened at 3am at Middlem(...)

The future of the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise is unclear.

A decision on the future of the emergency department at Portlaoise hospital has been put off until the autumn at the earliest. Minister for Health Leo(...)

Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Childbirth is increasingly framed in a “consumer context” full of expectations that cannot be met, according to the head of the State’s biggest matern(...)

The Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. A review which looked at case notes of 28 births about which concerns have been raised, many in Portlaoise, has been published.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Women who suffer adverse events in Irish maternity units should be provided with the results of a review into their case within two months, a new repo(...)

Philip Lynch in Tasmania: why would anyone choose to turn their backs on the adopted country that has given them a regular pay packet and a new lease of life, when Ireland had so little on the table in the first instance?

Back in 2013 the Irish abroad were invited home for the Gathering, which was nice for those who could afford to go. But now the ante’s being upped and(...)

The HSE has apologised to a patient who suffered a serious adverse incident in Cavan General Hospital ’s maternity  unit. The incident did not involve the death of a baby. File photograph: Getty Images

A major review of the maternity unit of Cavan General Hospital is to begin on Wednesday following concerns over the deaths of four babies since 2012. (...)

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has said that it has no formal role in the investigation of complaints about long waits on hospital trolleys. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has said that it has no formal role in the investigation of complaints about long hospital trolle(...)

The out-of-hours closure of Portlaoise hospital’s emergency department is “not a done deal,” according to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. A day aft(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar photographed during a visit to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise in  May. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

Complex surgical procedures are to be moved out of the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise and the opening hours of its emergency department are e(...)

Patients are afraid to complain about the care they receive in hospitals because of concerns over possible repercussions for themselves or their loved ones, according to an investigation by the Ombudsman. Photograph: AFP

Patients are afraid to complain about the care they receive in hospitals because of concerns over possible repercussions for themselves or their loved(...)

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