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Taoiseach tells Dail an independent inquiry may be held

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

Published 15/11/2012 | 05:00

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THE Government may hold an independent investigation into the death of Savita Halappanavar following the completion of two internal inquiries into her death.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dail that an independent inquiry has not been ruled out.

Last night, human rights lawyer Michael Finucane said the case was one that should lead to an Article 2 inquiry under the European Convention of Human Rights.

It imposes a duty on signatory governments, including Ireland, to investigate fatal incidents involving State entities. "This is a classic example of a death involving a State entity (a hospital)," he said.

Article 2-style investigations are usually carried out where people have died in the custody of the State, including prison and garda cells, and must involve the family of the deceased.

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