The unannounced inspection was carried out in June at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda

Damning report of risks at Drogheda hospital

01 Oct A damning report by health watchdog HIQA into Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda has warned of high risks for patients, due to hygiene problems, including the risk of contracting Legionnaires' Disease.

The reports for the HSE said smaller hospitals cannot operate in isolation as stand-alone entities

Cavan-Monaghan maternity review findings welcomed

01 Oct A report into maternity services at Cavan Monaghan Hospital has been welcomed by its clinical director who described it as "overall complimentary", despite the review saying small hospitals cannot sustain maternity services.

AMD affects one specific area of cells that are either damaged or completely missing

'Patch' technique may treat some blindness

29 Sep A doctor in the UK has performed the world's first embryonic stem cell operation using a "patch" technique in the hope of finding a cure for blindness in some patients.

The HPRA says to date there is no indication of any health risk for those who have received the affected implants

Contamination fears over breast implants

25 Sep The Health Products Regulatory Authority has said that up to 980 women in Ireland may have received breast implants, manufactured by a Brazilian company, whose products have been suspended due to concerns over potential contamination.

Stop Out-Of-Control Drinking campaign chairperson Fergus Finlay

Responsible drinking campaign issues proposals

23 Sep The final report of an alcohol awareness group, funded in part by alcohol producer Diageo, proposes strengthening regulation and enforcement measures, combined with greater focus on changing drinking cultures and behaviours.

Martin Shkreli, chief investment officer of MSMB Capital Management, had defended the increase

US drug company rolls back on price increase

23 Sep Turing Pharmaceuticals, a small company that generated outrage over raising the cost of an old anti-infective drug by more than 5,000%, has said it will roll back that increase to make sure it remains affordable.

Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill cut the ribbon at the opening of the facility

Pain treatment centre opens in Cork

23 Sep A facility to treat cancer patients with severe pain has been officially opened in Cork by the Republic of Ireland's football management team, Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane.