Ó Caoláin urges inquiry on state response to Michael Shine
Sinn Féin health & children spokesperson, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, has called for an inquiry into how the various branches of the State and the health services responded to the abuse perpetrated by disgraced former consultant Michael Shine in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
Deputy Ó Caoláin this afternoon secured a ‘topical issue’ debate in the Dáil in the wake of the settling of the High Court case taken by Michael MacConnoran, a victim of Shine. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“The High Court case settled by Ronan MacConnoran highlights once again the scandal of what happened to the victims of Michael Shine. As Mr MacConnoran’s solicitor said “no quarter” was given by the state side in defending the case.
“This is one of the greatest scandals ever to blight our health services.
“In June 2009 the then Fine Gael Health & Children spokesperson James Reilly TD proposed a Dáil motion calling for ‘a credible inquiry to investigate how complaints relating to allegations of abuse by Michael Shine in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, were dealt with by the Hospital, An Garda Síochána, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Health Board, the Health Service Executive, the Department of Health and Children and any other relevant party’.
“Minister Reilly needs now to act according to his words in 2009 and establish an inquiry. He also needs to support victims with appropriate services and adequate funding.” ENDS