Thursday 24 August 2017

Quick! The nuns are on the run

 

'Of course, there are many who will argue that we should give the nuns not just this hospital, but any of the other hospitals they don't already own' Stock photo: Depositphotos
'Of course, there are many who will argue that we should give the nuns not just this hospital, but any of the other hospitals they don't already own' Stock photo: Depositphotos
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

So now it looks as if the nuns, if indeed they are nuns at all, have gone off in a huff. Their attitude seems to be, "Well, if you want to be like that about giving us a maternity hospital, then we don't want it. We never asked for this maternity hospital anyway. So we're taking our land and we're going home."

They wanted us to be more gracious about it. They didn't want any hassle. They just wanted the hospital built and the keys handed over, and then they would own it, but they would let Rhona Mahony do whatever she wanted with it. There would be no fuddy-duddy Catholic stuff in this hospital. They'd be administering the snip, IVF, wife-swapping, coveting your neighbour's wife, the works. It would be a Catholic hospital only in the ownership sense. Perhaps it was a first step for the nuns out of traditionally Catholic enterprises. Maybe they were thinking of getting into casinos next. You have to move with the times, right?

And, of course, there are many who will argue that we should give the nuns not just this hospital, but any of the other hospitals they don't already own. There is a certain type of person who goes all dewy-eyed over the notion of the benevolent dictator that was "Matron". Matron was not always universally beloved, but there is a school of thought that an imperious nun was better at running a hospital than several layers of ass-covering middle managers and HSE types.

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