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Sisters of Charity will see no financial gain from Maternity Hospital - Harris

Sisters of Charity will see no financial gain from Maternity Hospital - Harris

Mick Barry said "the Sisters of Charity have a 3 million euro debt outstanding on a 5 million euro payment pledged after the publication in 2009 of the Ryan report and have yet to transfer ownership of the Sacred Heart Centre in Waterford to the State as agreed in 2002 as part of the indemnity deal".

"'It is correct that the land on which the new maternity hospital will be built is owned by the St. Vincent's Healthcare Group and that the Sisters of Charity are a major shareholder in the St. Vincent's Healthcare Group", reads a Department of Health statement.

Yesterday's announcement that the Sisters of Charity will have ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital in south Dublin has caused widespread shock and disgust.

The Sisters of Charity have so far failed to pay their share of funds to a redress scheme for the victims of institutional abuse.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has stood by the decision, tweeting: 'When it comes to our maternity services, I take the views of those responsible for the delivery of infants & the clinical care of women'.

"Can we get real about this", the leading consultant said.

He said it is "inappropriate" for the State to invest €300m of taxpayers' money into a new maternity hospital that would have a strong religious influence.

The Health Minister has called on an order of nuns to agree contracts allowing lawful abortion or contraceptive treatment in the new National Maternity Hospital.

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Tagesspiegel say they've received a letter which not only claimed responsibility but also threatened to carry out further attacks. German media reported last week a metal pin from the bomb was found embedded in headrest of the Borussia Dortmund bus seat.

Campaign Coordinator Emily Duffy for UpLift, the website on which the petition was launched said: "This is an issue that people in Ireland are clearly outraged about".

Mr Harris spoke out after Dr Peter Boylan, a former Master at Holles Street, questioned whether clinical care, including terminations or IVF treatment, would be influenced by the nuns' religious beliefs.

Also speaking on Today with Sean O'Rourke, the current Master of National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony said that there is a "triple lock" which guarantees the independence of the new hospital.

"Let me be very clear, the nuns will not be running this hospital, it will not be under Catholic ethos".

The Minister said that the urgent need for the new National Maternity Hospital was separate to that of the redress for abuse survivors, which he says is "long overdue". "Legal arrangements will be put in place which will 100 per cent protect the State's investment and interest in the new hospital". The current facility is not fit for objective.

The build could only be used for the defined goal of providing public maternity, gynaecological and neonatal services, he said.

"We need to ensure patients attending the National Maternity Hospital have immediate access to theatres, high dependency and intensive care provision in an acute adult hospital if the need arises".

A decision on a planning application on the new hospital is due in August or September.

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