Saturday 19 August 2017

Maternity hospital critic told to resign from board by text

'They're shooting the messenger' - former Holles Street master

Dr Peter Boylan, pictured, did not reply to the text, signed by Dr Rhona Mahony and Nicholas Kearns. Picture: Tom Burke
Dr Peter Boylan, pictured, did not reply to the text, signed by Dr Rhona Mahony and Nicholas Kearns. Picture: Tom Burke
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The outspoken former master of the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dr Peter Boylan, has been asked by text message to resign from the board.

Dr Boylan, who is a strong critic of the decision to allow the Sisters of Charity to own the new €300m national maternity hospital, told the Irish Independent he was asked to resign last Sunday. He said the text was signed by the deputy chairman Nicholas Kearns and the current master of the hospital, Dr Rhona Mahony.

"I got a text on Sunday afternoon from Mr Kearns and the Master of the Rotunda," he said. "It is shooting the messenger to ask me to resign. Telling me 'you are out' is not going to advance the hospital."

Dr Boylan, who is a brother-in-law of Dr Mahony, retired as an obstetrician last year. He said that it is important to have a board with "diverse opinions".

Irish Independent

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