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Joint All-Party Statement – Oireachtas Patient Focus Support Group

19 May, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

We, the undersigned Dáil Deputies and Senators of all parties representing the constituencies of Cavan-Monaghan, of Louth, of Meath East and West and Dublin North, record our great disappointment that, despite our repeated representations and appeals at all levels, a cohort of some 35 cases remain unacknowledged and outside the terms of the Lourdes Hospital Redress Scheme established by the Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD, in April 2007.

We make this statement after several years of campaigning together in support of the victims of the former Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, the struck-off and disgraced Michael Neary.

We have jointly and consistently argued for an extension of the Scheme by Ministerial Order to accommodate the victims and survivors involved. Alternatively, in conjunction with Patient Focus, we have urged Minister Harney to seek a suitable non-adversarial process via the State Claims Agency to address the cases concerned.

We hereby, jointly and publicly, once again call on the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney TD to accede to our request and to effectively bring closure to the pain and anguish of the women involved and their families. The continuing denial of their right to justice and redress adds further pain to the agony already suffered by these profoundly damaged women.

It is now long past time that the state faced up to its responsibilities to all the victims of Michael Neary and to bring this sorry saga to a close.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláín TD
Arthur Morgan TD
John Brady TD
James Reilly TD
Thomas Byrne TD
Seymour Crawford TD
Mary Wallace TD
Damien English TD
Margaret Conlon TD
Fergus O’Dowd TD
Michael Kennedy TD
Shane McEntee TD
Trevor Sargent TD
Darragh O’Brien TD
Senator Mark Dearey
Senator Joe O’Reilly
Senator Francis O’Brien
Senator Diarmuid Wilson
Senator Dominic Hannigan
Senator James Carroll

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