Susan O’Keeffe: We must put women’s healthcare out of reach of the Church for good

Despite the progress and promises made in recent years, we risk going backwards if the state allows the Sisters of Charity have any part in the new National Maternity Hospital

6th May, 2021
Susan O’Keeffe: We must put women’s healthcare out of reach of the Church for good
Charlie Baldwin and mum Kate Mooney at a protest in Dublin in 2018: despite public outrage, the new hospital is still at risk of being in control of the Sisters of Charity. Picture: Sam Boal/

During the great battles that were fought to usher in basic rights for women in Ireland, the Catholic Church consistently warned of the breakdown of society if abortion was permitted. Mind you, they used similar arguments for the equally important debates and referendums on marriage equality and divorce

Last time I looked out my window, about ten seconds ago, it seemed as if Ireland had yet to collapse as a consequence of any of these...

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