Patching up the wrongs of 'systematic assault' on hundreds of women
Irish maternity issues, past and present, have been to the fore this week - none of them covered in glory.
First, there was the publication of the symphysiotomy report and the compensation of €34m for the 'barbaric' treatment of 399 women.
Then the National Maternity Hospital managed to agree a compromise with St Vincent's Hospital, so that it could move to the Dublin 4 site, and avoid clashing with the Sisters of Mercy. Governance procedures have been agreed whereby a new 'National Maternity Hospital' company will be established with clinical and operational independence in the provision of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services, as well as financial and budgetary independence.