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Adams gives cautious welcome to Reilly’s commitment on Michael Shine enquiry

21 July, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Louth and East Meath TD Gerry Adams has given a cautious to the commitment by the Minister of Health James Reilly to hold an Oireachtas inquiry into the Michael Shine Affair if Oireachtas Committees are given such powers.

Mr. Adams said:

“I cautiously welcome the commitment by the Minister to hold an inquiry into the Michael Shine Affair if Oireachtas Committees are given enquiry powers. We need to see the detail of the Minister’s proposal.

“The victims and their families have campaigned for many years for truth and justice over allegations of sexual abuse by consultant surgeon Michael Shine.

“An inquiry should proceed speedily.

“Shine, a Consultant Surgeon in our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, was struck off the medical register after being found guilty of professional misconduct.

“This decision was taken after the Medical Council found that Michael Shine had abused his position by sexual abusing a number of patients.

“Having taken this decision the Minister should move now to hold a further inquiry into the scandalous use of symphysiotomy in Irish hospitals.” ENDS

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