Judge Maureen Harding Clark: A report by the assessor of the State’s  symphysiotomy scheme was rejected as “whitewash” by a survivors group. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Up to 30 symphysiotomy cases remain before the courts following the completion of the Government’s redress scheme for women who had the procedure. (...)

Caesarian sections: one Irish study found private patients were twice as likely to have pre-planned sections as women whose treatment was publicly funded. Other research has pointed to the day of the week as a somewhat unlikely factor influencing rates of inducing labour. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

The relentless rise in the popularity of Caesarean sections in recent years has been the subject of much handwringing. As with our low breastfeeding (...)

Warren and Lorraine Reilly, who lost two babies following care at Portiuncula Hospital. Photo: Andrew Downes

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is considering whether to extend the terms of reference of an inquiry into problem deliveries of babies at Porti(...)

The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, said it was a very sad case and he expressed sympathy to the baby’s father and grandmother.

A Dublin maternity hospital has secured a High Court order allowing it withdraw life-sustaining treatment from a severely brain-damaged newborn baby w(...)

Media gather yesterday outside  Tallaght Garda station in west  Dublin, where a seven year-old Roma  girl was taken before she was put into care after being taken from her  family. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission has written to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter asking for a report from Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan i(...)

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