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Gardaí must investigate alleged leaking of confidential abortion information from Holles Street – O’Reilly

31 January, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Speaking this afternoon, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has called on the Gardaí to investigate an alleged breach of confidential patient information where a woman who had received a medical termination at Holles Street Maternity Hospital had her details leaked and was then allegedly attempted to be lured to an address on Dublin’s Dorset Street.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“I have written to the Minister for Health and the Minister for Justice on this matter and I am also calling on the Gardaí to investigate it as a matter of urgency.

“The crime which has been allegedly committed, a breach of confidential patient information, is a serious one in itself, but there was an alleged worrying and sinister attempt to use that data to lure a woman to an address on Dublin’s Dorset Street for a fake medical appointment.

“The details of what happened, which have been circulated widely on social media, are very disturbing.

“Only for this woman felt something was not right and had the foresight to contact Holles Street she could have ended up at this location and who knows what harm could have come her way.

“This is the second time in January that I have had to contact the Minister for Health in relation to the leaking of confidential details and it is very worrying and frustrating.

“This situation as reported is extremely disturbing and it leaves me concerned for the safety of all women in this State who may need to access abortion services. The leaking of confidential medical information in this way must stop and those responsible must be brought to justice.

“It is frightening to think what could have happened to this woman if she had arrived at the address she was attempted to be lured to.

“This matter deserves the serious attention of government politicians at the highest level.

“We welcome the announcement of a HSE investigation, but in truth this should be a criminal matter and the Gardaí should investigate as a matter of urgency.” 

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