Cervical records reveal breadth of knowledge of unseen crisis
In the three weeks since Vicky Phelan exposed the failings in CervicalCheck cancer screening programme, a conveyor belt of health managers appeared before six Oireachtas committees.
In the three weeks since Vicky Phelan exposed the failings in CervicalCheck cancer screening programme, a conveyor belt of health managers appeared before six Oireachtas committees.
A 13-year-old boy has told gardai that he was attacked by two men close to the derelict farm where Ana Kriegel was later murdered.
The derelict site where 14-year-old Anastasia Kriegel was violently murdered was once a working farm. There are remnants of two large barns with rounded roofs. Three crumbling stone buildings...
Grace Rattigan couldn't bring herself to tune into the unfolding scandal about CervicalCheck. Her mother, Catherine Reck, died of cervical cancer a year after she was diagnosed.
Despite two Oireachtas committee hearings and robust grillings, politicians have failed to get the answers as to who knew what and when in the CervicalCheck crisis.
A grieving daughter has revealed that her mother was one of the 17 women who died after receiving incorrect smear test results.
Within 48 hours of terminally ill cancer patient Vicky Phelan settling the court action for her misread smear test, the clinical director of CervicalCheck cut short a trip abroad to come home and face the storm.
IN the coming weeks, a number of women who are gravely ill with cervical cancer are expected to begin legal proceedings. They are among the 209 women at the heart of one of the biggest public health scandals in recent years. For most, all they knew was that they had cancer.
Women with advanced cervical cancer who were caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal are to issue legal proceedings as early as this week which their lawyers will seek to fast-track through the courts.
Vicky Phelan's little girl Amelia knows all about survival. She was diagnosed with congenital toxoplasmosis weeks before she was born and four years ago suffered serious injuries in an accidental fire at their home. She is now 12 and doing just fine, according to her mum.
Health Minister Simon Harris has come out firmly on the side of open disclosure, saying patients have a right to know of errors on their medical files.
Twelve cases of alleged human trafficking in the Irish fishing industry have been reported to An Garda Siochana since July last year.
Gardai upgraded the death of a Romanian man to homicide after police in the victim's home country launched a murder investigation into the man's killing.
Family doctors in Dublin North Central see more public patients than anywhere else in the country, with an average of 1,217 patients for each GP, a new study shows.
A mother has expressed her shock after her 16-year-old daughter received abortion referendum campaign material in the post.
A smiling Joanne Ball posed in the countryside in her khaki parka with faux fur-trimmed hood in the photograph issued to the media after she was reported missing by her husband, Keith Lee, the night before Valentine's Day.
A PILOT diverted his aircraft yesterday to ensure 15 Irish patients en route to Wales for vital cataract procedures would not end up back on the health service waiting list.
A pro-life group sent a graphic begging letter to a schoolgirl seeking donations of up to €1,500 to stop "abortion on demand", sparking a complaint from the child's parent.
Gardaí mistakenly recorded intelligence on dead people on the force's Pulse system, according to an internal review of crime data.
An elderly woman has been forced into debt by the controversial extra charges imposed by her nursing home for social programmes and activities.
It is an ancient term that has featured on forms across the health sector over generations. Now Sage, an advocacy group for older people, wants the term "next of kin" dropped from healthcare forms after finding that most people don't understand what it means.
Gardai mistakenly recorded intelligence on dead people on the force's Pulse system, according to an internal review of crime data.
A UK anti-corruption outfit that campaigns against suspicious Russian investment in the London property market has turned its attention to a cluster of high-end properties in leafy Dublin 4.
Thirty-five years ago, 14 women gathered together on the plinth of Leinster House to celebrate their election as TDs in a political world dominated by men. They arrived there via different paths: some from the women's movement, some were from political families, some were activists.
A criminal suspected of planning attacks on the Hutch gang was foiled for the second time this year, gardai believe.
Before the internet or mobile phones or online bookings, more than 3,000 women a year travelled from Ireland to the UK to have an abortion.
Russian oligarchs with substantial investments in Ireland have been placed on a watch list by the US, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Ambulance bases have been criticised for lax record- keeping on leave, overtime and expense claims but some are resisting change.
RUSSIAN billionaires placed on a watch list by the US Treasury over alleged links to the Kremlin have substantial investments in Ireland.
The men arrested ahead of a suspected assassination attempt in the ongoing Hutch feud last Wednesday were under Garda surveillance for days and were tailed from Dublin to the field outside Gorey where gardai believe they planned to exchange weapons.
A man believed to be the estranged husband of Joanne Lee was questioned by gardai about her murder yesterday.
A war of words rages across the water over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury. In equally leafy Dublin 6, however, it seems the Kremlin has been quietly doing its bit to help the Irish housing crisis.
Tina Satchwell's husband Richard opened the door of his three-storey townhouse in Youghal last Thursday night, wearily surveying the latest press to land on his doorstep.
A cyber expert has attacked the Government as a "boys club" that wants to "cosy up to big tech" by setting the digital age of consent at 13, in the wake of the jailing of online sex predator Kieran Creaven.
A hit team intercepted by gardai yesterday were on their way to murder the Kinahan cartel's top target Patsy Hutch, a brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, detectives believe.
GUNMEN linked to the Kinahan drugs cartel were planning to assassinate a member of the Hutch family by tricking him into leaving his home in Dublin's north inner city, Gardai suspect.
Almost 1,000 Defence Forces troops and 350 vehicles were deployed to provide around-the-clock support to emergency services throughout the three days of extreme weather that brought the country to a halt.
Two of the biggest anti-abortion groups raised a total of almost €3m in public donations in a two-year period, demonstrating the earning power of a group that was last week said to be out-fundraising their referendum opponents.
Gardai must wait at least another week before speaking to a man who leapt from a flat window shortly before gardai discovered his former partner dead in the wardrobe.
Nine men appeared at a special court sitting yesterday after the looting of two supermarkets in south Dublin on Friday night.
NINE men appeared at a special court sitting yesterday after the looting of two supermarkets in south Dublin on Friday night.
When Katherine Zappone launched her much-welcomed €20-a-week universal childcare subsidy for hard-pressed parents last September, she appealed to creche providers not to spoil things by hiking their prices. Not everyone complied.
The crime scene did not sit right. Publican Tom Nevin was on his back on the floor of the kitchen in Jack White's Inn, a wound through his chest and a cheque book beside him.
Mobile phones and CCTV footage will form a key plank of the Garda investigation into the murder of Joanne Lee as detectives attempt to retrace her steps to find her killer.
The transcripts of the Kerry Babies Tribunal will not be put on public record at the National Archive at present to prevent further distress to Joanne Hayes.
The country's biggest pro- repeal groups are joining forces to campaign under one banner in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has issued a damning indictment of Mary Lou McDonald's coronation as Sinn Fein leader by stating she was "chosen by forces in the shadows" of Gerry Adams's party.
The number of people with life-changing injuries waiting for admission to the National Rehabilitation Hospital has risen sharply.
Health officials raised concerns about a Church of Scientology-sponsored group that circulated glossy anti-drugs brochures to primary schools in Dublin's north inner city, records reveal.
Ireland's corporate watchdog is poised to investigate the online donations platform said to owe €3.8m to charities, as it emerged that a "small number" of Irish organisations may have been hit.
The sister of Irene White has questioned why it took gardai more than a decade to catch her murderer.
More than 40 years ago, property developer Noel Smyth met his wife Anne Marie, and her father, David Murphy, entered his life.
Last Monday night, the windows and front door of a modest terrace house on St John's Crescent in Clondalkin were smashed. It was an unusual act of violence in this quiet corner of the sprawling west Dublin housing estate. People usually keep to themselves and there is rarely any trouble, said one neighbour. But earlier that day, the young man, 26-year-old Matthew Horan, who lived here with his widowed father, had pleaded guilty in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to exploiting children, stalking them on social media, pretending to be their friend, and eventually coercing and...
A human rights group linked to Scientologists lobbied the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney seeking to "represent the goals and objectives" of his Department.
One the country's most senior gardai has said the State has not "served our children well" by allowing unregulated access to social media websites where they can be targeted by sex predators.
The competition watchdog has secured a series of binding undertakings from the nursing home sector, following its examination of their threats to boycott the Fair Deal scheme uncovered in a Sunday Independent investigation.
Three days after he was found on rocks at White Strand, after gardai had done their work and the State pathologist had finished with him, Baby John was buried. It should have been a bleak affair. There was no family to mark the tragic baby's passing. The only people expected to turn up to the graveside at Cahersiveen were a few gardai and the local undertaker, Tom Cournane. Cournane decided that the baby deserved better. He asked his then 15-year-old daughter, Catherine, would she organise a couple of her school friends to come to the funeral. It was Monday, April 16, 1984, a...
Meath County Council has confirmed it received planning inquiries about the opening of a controversial facility connected to the Church of Scientology.
The mother of Milly Tuomey is suing the Health Service Executive to "expose the flaws" in the Irish health care system that she alleges contributed to her 11-year-old daughter's death by suicide.
The usually secretive Church of Scientology claims to have opened its doors to Irish communities as it makes its presence felt in Ireland. It hosted a free Winter Wonderlands for kids at its €6m "Community Centre" at Firhouse and directs its "campaigns" to "share its ideals with the Irish people" from its "national affairs office" in a €2m Georgian building on Merrion Square, where visitors are welcome.
The Garda Representative Association spent more than €658,188 on travel and subsistence expenses for its governing central executive committee in 2016, a scathing new report has revealed.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has said State papers released last week lay bare the "sordid story of murder and mayhem" which is the Provisional IRA and Sinn Fein's history.
Enmity is no stranger to the corridors of Leinster House, but the chill factor between Joan Burton and Paul Murphy, the Solidarity TD acquitted of falsely imprisoning her, is rare indeed.
Alan Hawe exchanged hundreds of text messages with his wife, Clodagh, in the months before he slaughtered his family. The texts contained the humdrum stuff of daily family life, such as the kids' activities and household chores, according to those familiar with the case.
Nursing homes served or threatened to serve "notices to quit" on residents in 59 cases highlighted by advocacy group Sage.
'Tis the season for some feline festivity at the National Animal Centre in Longford where 50 cats freed from a life of lab testing are experiencing their first Christmas.
The Government yesterday acknowledged the call for improved services made by the parents of 11-year-old Milly Tuomey, who died by suicide last year.
The popular solicitor and businessman James Osborne left €15m in his will, according to documents lodged with the Probate Office.
Ten Fianna Fail TDs have said they will not support a repeal of article 40.3.3 of the Constitution as one deputy hit out at colleagues for their stance on the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment.
The funeral of the latest suspected victim of the Kinahan/Hutch gangland feud took place in Dublin's north inner city yesterday under the watch of armed gardai.
A Dublin nursing home has received its eighth negative inspection report in a row from the health watchdog.
The sound of smashing glass brings back terrifying memories for the Garvey family.
A key witness who told gardai that Trevor Deely was buried in West Dublin wasteland provided the information in good faith in an attempt to end his family’s suffering, a senior Garda has said.
The utterly discredited allegations made by Garda Keith Harrison at are expected to cost the taxpayer thousands of euros in legal bills.
A key witness who told gardai that Trevor Deely was buried in West Dublin wasteland provided the information in good faith in an attempt to end his family's suffering, a senior Garda has said.
John Barrett threw down his pen and slumped back in his seat in apparent exasperation. Not for the first time, the Garda's head of human resources had been blocked by his boss from answering a particularly pointed question at the Public Accounts Committee.
A man whose body was found dumped in a field yesterday is believed to be the latest victim in the bloody feud between the Kinahan drugs cartel and the Hutch gang.
Garda reserves should be trained and deployed to hunt down online sexual predators, a leading security expert has urged.
The treatment of the Garda whistleblower, Maurice McCabe, has a way of tripping up important people, often when they least expect it.
A teenager was in a critical condition last night and a second was in hospital following two separate gun attacks in Dublin last Friday night.
Michael Grade has said the board of the Gate Theatre received no complaints about Michael Colgan's behaviour toward women during his time as a director.
The competition watchdog appears to have stepped up its inquiries into a meeting of nursing home operators who discussed boycotting the Fair Deal scheme to increase their fees from the State.
The aid agency, GOAL, has corrected a “discrepancy” in its annual financial statements relating to the cost to the charity of the American investigation into its operations in Syria last year.
He was described in court as the biggest tycoon you've never heard of. The low-profile Irish millionaire, Andrew Ruhan, has effectively been found to have concealed his wealth in a battle with his wife over a divorce award.
An American investigation into the aid agency Goal over alleged fraud in its operations in Syria has cost the charity €4.3m.
Cash and other valuables belonging to residents of a public nursing home were at risk of going missing because of weak financial controls.
A top garda has credited a revamped specialist crime unit, boosted by 185 extra officers, for a string of crackdowns on the Kinahan crime syndicate, culminating in the arrests last week of four gangland figures suspected of plotting a hit on a rival.
Grace Dyas, the playwright and director, was the first woman to go public with allegations against the former director of the Gate Theatre, Michael Colgan.
Harassment and bullying is widespread in the arts community, according to a "startling" Behaviour & Attitudes survey released to the Sunday Independent.
Friends of a young man who was shot dead in the early hours of Saturday morning desperately tried to save his life at the scene.
IT was easy to forget that the celebrated sportswriter Tom Humphries took six years to confess to his crimes. At his sentencing in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last Tuesday, he looked resolved to his fate. Humphries, 54, had spent the last three weeks waiting for this day in prison - because he had chosen to go straight to jail rather than apply for bail. It was as though he couldn't get there fast enough. Such was his guilt that he had refused psychiatric help because he wanted to suffer. He wanted to feel the pain.
THE obstetrician Peter Boylan has criticised remarks by a pro-life senator about Savita Halappanavar as "repugnant", "outrageous" and deserving of an apology.
A powerful political watchdog has threatened a Sunday Independent journalist with standards in public office laws which could result in thousands of euros in fines or up to three years' imprisonment.
The man who was shot dead in front of his friends in Dublin in the early hours of yesterday morning had links to local gangland crime.
Ireland's banks are up to three times more profitable than the average for major eurozone banks, according to European Central Bank data analysed for the Sunday Independent.
Banks are being threatened with High Court action to stop them selling homes they seized from victims of the tracker mortgage scandal.
The chairman of the health watchdog claimed a private nursing home asked him to stop an inspection report from being published on the website of the regulatory body.
It was the morning after Storm Ophelia hit Kinsale, Co Cork. There was no electricity, water, phone or broadband. Streets were eerily empty. A small queue formed outside Fishy Fishy, the restaurant owned by celebrity chef Martin Shanahan.
Dr Sandra Spillane spent last Sunday holed up in her home office studying the evolving mass that was Storm Ophelia on her computer screen. A climatologist with Met Eireann with a Phd in maths, she was "literally looking back in time" to find something comparable to understand what Storm Ophelia might do to Ireland.
The Public Accounts Committee and the competition watchdog are to examine records of a secret meeting at which private nursing home operators mooted a boycott of the Fair Deal scheme to boost the fees they are paid by the State.
EMERGENCY measures will be taken in the next 48 hours as the country braces itself for a ferocious storm comparable with Hurricane Debbie, the most powerful cyclone ever to hit Ireland.
A not-for-profit housing body is in advanced talks with several banks to secure €500m backing to buy rental properties in arrears to prevent tenants being evicted.
Sorcha O'Neill is one of a number of once loyal elected representatives and members who have fallen out with Sinn Fein in recent years.
The chairperson of the independent health watchdog attended a confidential meeting of private nursing home operators at which a boycott of the Fair Deal scheme was mooted, leaked records reveal.
The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, announced last month that a referendum on the Eighth Amendment will take place next May or June. Abortion is currently one of the most contentious issues in Irish life, yet there is still no clarity on what exactly citizens will be voting on in eight months' time.
Charities are still forking out millions in VAT to the Government because of an EU anomaly.
The former sports writer, Tom Humphries, triggered his own unmasking when he donated one of his old mobile phones to his daughter. She was collecting them to be recycled by a charity and her dad obliged with the phone he had used to send thousands of sexually explicit text messages to a young girl he had groomed from the age of 14.
THE chairperson of the independent health watchdog attended a confidential meeting of private nursing home operators at which a boycott of the Fair Deal scheme was mooted.
The first meeting of disaffected Sinn Fein members took a place in a Chinese restaurant in Waterford yesterday, with between 30 and 40 people turning up to share grievances over alleged bullying and intimidation within the party.
Four years ago, when the Troika bore down on Ireland, garda numbers fell, recruitment of replacements was banned and garda stations closed down. Alan Shatter, who was then Minister for Justice, lost Stepaside Garda Station in his Dublin South constituency.
The anti-abortion organisation Family & Life raised more than €1m in donations in one year.
GPs are demanding fees of up to €60,000 a year for attending elderly residents in private nursing homes who are entitled to free doctor services.
On a recent weekday morning, a group of people gathered for a tour of The Marlay, a gleaming state-of-the-art nursing home just off the M50, close to Rathfarnham in south Dublin. The rooms were bright and airy. The place was buzzing with activity. A couple of residents read the in-house newspapers in the lobby. A group of ladies watched Sammy Davis Jr on TV in the sitting room. In another room, an activities coordinator read the newspaper aloud to her audience. Outside, the sun shone on a flower-filled courtyard.