Mary Regan: Why the new maternity hospital has been a difficult delivery

Everyone is asking why the nuns want to run a maternity hospital. But perhaps the real question should be, why would the state want to allow them?

23rd April, 2017
Plans to move the National Maternity Hospital to St Vincent’s Hospital in south Dublin ran aground last week when it emerged the €300m facility would be owned by a religious order Picture: Fergal Phillips

Starting the building of a new maternity hospital was a stated priority for Simon Harris when he took on the troubled Department of Health almost one year ago. And he didn’t waste any time setting about the task.

Less than a month into his tenure, the minister appointed a mediator to resolve what had been a long-running dispute for control of the proposed development between the National Maternity Hospital, currently located at Holles...

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