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Deputy McLellan welcomes Feileacáin to the Oireachtas

16 October, 2014

Sinn Féin Sandra McLellan TD has welcomed the fact that Feileacáin, the Still and Neonatoal Death Association of Ireland, has had the opportunity to speak at the Oireachtas Health Committee today. The group, appearing at the invitation of Deputy McLellan, called for a National Baby Loss Awareness Day as a day of remembrance for bereaved families.

“Feileacáin is a charity that offers vital supports and services to bereaved parents. It is funded by parents who have also been bereaved. I invited Feileacáin to speak at the Oireachtas Health Committee today to talk about the charity as well as the experiences of parents who are grieving the loss of their children.

“Representatives of Feileacáin spoke very movingly today about the pain experienced by families at the loss of their babies. A bereaved parent also shared his experience. It was very emotional.

“The appearance of Feileacáin at the Oireachtas Health Committee was closely timed with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, which is a national day of remembrance honoured in the USA, Canada and New South Wales. This day affords bereaved parents a day to remember their children by.

“The introduction of a similar day in Ireland would require no legislation. I believe that a National Baby Loss Awareness Day would be helpful to parents in commemorating the lives of children lost in stillbirth or in pregnancy.  

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