Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony arrives for the  committee hearings on  the Heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There were differences between the masters of two Dublin maternity hospitals on the suicide provision in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bi(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly described his proposals as “the most fundamental reform of the Irish acute hospital system in decades” and promised that they would be implemented immediately

The country’s hospitals are to be reorganised into regional groups with the treatment of serious cases removed from smaller hospitals under maj(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has announced the re-organisation of Irish hospitals into six largely autonomous groups aimed at providing improved outcomes for patients. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Health James Reilly has announced the re-organisation of Irish hospitals into six largely autonomous groups aimed at providing imp(...)

Star of The Voice Kelly McDonagh Mongan from Cork with her baby boy Bernie at the Traveller Pride Awards.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It has been a remarkable year by any standards for the Travelling community. Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin an(...)

Tinsmith Tom McDonnell, winner of the overall Traveller Pride Award, is  photographed with Olympic gold medelist Katie Taylor after a ceremony in the Rotunda Hospital. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Olympic champion Katie Taylor has compared discrimination against the travelling community to discrimination against women’s boxing. Tay(...)

Mary and James McGee outside the High Court in 1972

The generation that takes Durex in the local Spar for granted may not know that 2013 is the 40th anniversary of a legal case that won them the (...)

Dr Sam Coulter Smith: “For a baby delivered at 23 weeks to survive is a huge achievement from everyone’s point of view. For a 23-week twin to survive is even bigger because twins often behave more prematurely than singleton babies.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The safe birth of twin girls 87 days apart is “truly extraordinary” and “a genuine good news story”, the master of Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital ha(...)

A vision of the  Parnell Square redevelopment

Plans for the redevelopment of Dublin’s Parnell Square and the provision of a cultural quarter there including a new city library and cultural (...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter insisted reforms had been put in place after a damning recent report into conditions and abuses of prisoners by a small number of staff at the north Dublin facility. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Investigations are under way into an incident in St Patrick's Institute for Young Offenders after a prisoner alleged he was tied up and sexuall(...)

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