Religious Nuns To Be Given 'Sole Ownership' Of New National Maternity Hospital

Religious Nuns To Be Given 'Sole Ownership' Of New National Maternity Hospital

Religious Nuns To Be Given 'Sole Ownership' Of New National Maternity Hospital

A deal with the Sisters of Charity proposes the new €300 million facility will be built on the St Vincent's Hospital campus in south Dublin, which the religious order owns.

In 2013, The Sisters of Charity announced along with three other religious congregations they would not be contributing to the State Redress scheme for women who had suffered abuses whilst in the Magdalene Laundries. Not true. I have heard people talk about nuns and redress.

'Demand they formally apologise and pay redress'.

"I'm not sure exactly what the decision is there or what the plan is but I think it's important that it is clarified but I'm sure Simon Harris will do that", he said.

"The new National Maternity Hospital to be built on the St Vincent's Healthcare campus will be dedicated exclusively to providing maternity care for women and infants". This includes contraception. We have about five terminations a year, otherwise women would die. "This will continue in the new hospital", said Dr Mahony.

He said Minister for Health Simon Harris must ensure the new facility, which will be State-funded and State-run, will have independence and will not be interfered with.

"Do any of us really believe that, if and when the 8th amendment of our constitution is repealed, any new legislation for abortion will be implemented fully in a hospital wholly owned by the Catholic Church?" The Minister for Health will have the power to guarantee this to ensure all relevant and legal healthcare must be available.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, former Labour TD Kathleen Lynch said that she can not imagine maternity health being performed in an institution owned by a religious order.

"The building can only be used for the defined objective of providing public maternity, gynaecological and neonatal services".

"At a time where the Government claims it won't be able to expand the redress scheme because of "huge financial implications for the State" - the refusal of The Sisters of Charity to pay their fair share is even more offensive and damaging to survivors and their families", she said.

Mr Mulvey said there was an imperative that the National Maternity Hospital would move as quickly as possible to St Vincent's campus, so a new hospital could be built there. The current facility is not fit for goal.

Dr Peter Boylan, a board member of the National Maternity Hospital and former Master at Holles Street, questioned whether clinical care at the new National Maternity Hospital, including terminations or IVF treatment, would be influenced by the nuns' religious beliefs.

Update: 9am: Over 50,000 people have signed an online petition in a bid to block the Government from handing ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity.

A decision on a planning application on the new hospital is due in August or September.

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