I questioned Minister Donnelly on the Health Committee yesterday. I asked him to MAKE A PUBLIC CALL ON THE SISTERS OF CHARITY TO HAND THE LAND TO THE STATE for the new National Maternity Hospital. State ownership and control is the only acceptable option for the women of Ireland. I also asked a series of questions which included why the govt. can’t source information on (the very inadequate) abortion services in the country while the National women’s council of Ireland can. His answers provide no reassurances for any of us.
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Our National Maternity Hospital must be kept free of religious ethos. I debated the issue with Varadkar today. Effectively he’s saying ‘it’ll be grand…we have a deal to ensure all services will be available to women’. But the framework he’s prepared to accept has no guarantees. We’ve fought for too long, and we’ve given too much, to base our health needs on nuns on politicians’ promises. Join the Demo June 26
WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU TRUST STEPHEN DONNELLY? The Minister wants us to believe ‘it’ll be all right on the night’; the nuns will be ‘grand’ with women having the care they need in ‘their’ hospital – like abortions. Yeah right! The Minister knows well that the nuns’ commitment to their ethos is embedded in every deal they do, and the set-up they have at St Vincents, means they still own the land for the new hospital which gives them a powerful edge in imposing their ethos. No deal on this basis. THE NATIONAL MATERNITY HOSPITAL MUST BE STATE RUN AND SECULAR. NOTHING LESS.
Today’s announcement from the Sisters of Charity that they are withdrawing from the boards of three hospitals, in particular from the new National Maternity Hospital is a historic move and a vindication of the tens of thousands who protested to have the church removed from the running of the new facility.Read more »
Brid was on Newstalk today with Mattie McGrath and Colm Brophy FG. You might find the clips here interesting.The link below is to a audio recording .