Adams to meet Taoiseach on Lourdes Abuse Inquiry demand
This morning Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams met the Taoiseach to dicuss last Fridays Eurozone crisis summit agreement.
The Sinn Féin leader took the opportunity to raise with the Taoiseach his public commitment in the Dáil several weeks ago to meet with opposition leaders before Christmas to discuss the issue of an inquiry into the allegations of sexual abuse against patients in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda in the 30 years from 1964.
The Taoiseach agreed this morning that this meeting would go ahead soon.
Mr. Adams said:
“The patients who were the victims of this alleged abuse have suffered immeasurably as the state has failed to take the necessary steps to uncover the truth, or to reassure the public that the systemic failures in the health service have been corrected.
“Six months ago the Minister for Health acknowledged this when he remarked that: ‘Many people have suffered as a consequence of not being able to have this issue aired in public ‘.
“There are over 200 victims demanding justice and truth and the onus is on the government to agree a mechanism by which this can be achieved.
“The Minister for Health should now establish as a matter of urgency an Independent Commission of Inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse of patients in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital over a 30 year time span 1964-1994.
“The Minister should also consult with the alleged victims and Dignity for Patients, the patient support and advocacy organisation, on its terms of reference.”