One application for a review was made to the HSE, and the committee found the application met the criteria for a termination

26 terminations carried out in Ireland last year

29 Jun There were 26 terminations of pregnancy conducted in Ireland last year under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, according to the latest report on its operation, laid before the Oireachtas today.

Industrial action was sanctioned by 87% of PNA members in a recent national ballot

Psychiatric nurses begin industrial action

29 Jun The Psychiatric Nurses' Association has begun national industrial action in protest at what it says is the understaffing of mental health services across the country.

Dr Ogechi Chuku is accused of leaving the emergency department at St James's Hospital without informing any member of staff

Doctor accused of leaving post at emergency dept

27 Jun A Medical Council inquiry has begun into allegations that a locum senior house officer left her post in the emergency department at St James's Hospital without informing any member of staff.

Paul Kelly was the founder and chief executive of Console

Paul Kelly resigns as CEO of Console

23 Jun Chief Executive Officer of Console Paul Kelly has resigned and the board of the charity has set up an independent external review of issues raised in a report by the RTÉ Investigations Unit.

The government is investigating how school running tracks were constructed

Report: Toxic waste used in school tracks in China

23 Jun Chinese authorities have shut down nine factories and detained some executives after reports that toxic industrial waste was used to make running tracks widely used at schools, official media said.

There is speculation that the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise is to be downgraded

Draft plan for midlands region hospital submitted

20 Jun The Dublin Midlands Hospital group has submitted a draft plan with the design phase of a new model for acute hospitals in the capital and and midlands region despite further public uncertainty about the future of the 24-hour accident and emergency service at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise.

The services are attached to St Augustine's School in Blackrock (pic: Google Maps)

St John of God reverses decision on services

20 Jun St John of God has reversed a decision to withdraw from the end of this month services that it currently provides to teenagers with intellectual disabilities in south Dublin.

The ESRI says there is potential to build universal primary care from the existing tax-financed system at relatively low cost

ESRI suggests options for universal health care

16 Jun A report from the Economic and Social Research Institute has found that setting up a new purchaser of public hospital care, separate to the Health Service Executive, may help towards achieving universal healthcare.

Evidence suggests coffee cannot be linked to a higher cancer risk, except when consumed at over 65C

Very hot drinks 'probably' cause cancer

15 Jun Drinking very hot beverages "probably" causes cancer of the oesophagus, the UN's cancer agency has said, while lifting suspicion from coffee and the herbal drink, mate, if consumed at "normal serving temperatures".