Wednesday 18 September 2019

Parents want healthcare open disclosure

A father whose baby died just after birth at Portlaoise hospital but was recorded as being stillborn is calling for "open disclosure" for all healthcare professionals.

Mark and Roisin Molloy, whose son Mark Jnr passed away moments after delivery in January 2012, sued the HSE for emotional suffering and distress. They settled their action in 2014.

Mr Molloy will appear before the Joint Committee on Health on Thursday and will demand the introduction of a new system requiring legal duty of open disclosure for all healthcare professionals in Ireland.

Open disclosure means there should be an open, timely and consistent approach to communicating with families when things go wrong in healthcare.

Mr Molloy will be joined by co-founder and Director of the Irish Patients' Association Stephen McMahon, and several other advocates for change in the health system.

Adams yet to sue BBC over murder claim

Gerry Adams has not yet sued the BBC over a programme claiming he ordered or sanctioned the murder of his one-time close associate in the IRA and Sinn Fein, Denis Donaldson.

The BBC has confirmed it received a letter from Adams's solicitors in Belfast following the broadcast of the programme in September but has not received the necessary libel writ to initiate court proceedings.

Donaldson was shot at a cottage in south Donegal in April 2006, three months after he admitted publicly to being a British spy inside the IRA and Sinn Fein.

The BBC Spotlight programme contained an interview with an IRA informer who said Adams gave the "final say" in sanctioning the murder. Adams denied the claim and threatened legal action.

Irish crew saves 140 migrants from sea

An Irish crew helped to rescue 140 migrants from a boat off the coast of Libya yesterday.

The LE Samuel Beckett took part in a search-and-rescue operation in the Mediterranean sea, 23 nautical miles north-west of Libya's capital Tripoli. It was asked to assist by the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.

The operation began at 8.30am and all of the migrants were transferred to humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee's boat MS Aquarius. The rescued migrants then received food, water and medical attention.

Earlier last week, LE Samuel Beckett had found and rescued 508 migrants from four other vessels.

Taoiseach signs Irish-US healthcare deal

Irish companies will have the opportunity to work with a major healthcare provider in the US as part of a new agreement between the two countries.

Businesses will have access to doctors and key decision makers in a major US health network to learn more about hospital procurement processes as well as products and services required in the market.

Northwell Health, a leading American healthcare provider, will work with Enterprise Ireland and its clients to develop and commercialise new medical technologies, secure joint ventures, and provide platforms to integrate with US healthcare companies.

The deal was agreed and signed as part of Taoiseach Enda Kenny's trip to New York during his US visit.

Varadkar 'overlooking regional Ireland'

Minister Leo Varadkar has been criticised for rejecting rural Ireland over his role in relocating 32 Department of Social Protection jobs from Sligo to Dublin.

The staff, who have been working in the department's communications arm, have been told their jobs are being re-centralised. Fianna Fail TD Marc Mac Sharry said the staff have been given no indication about future work.

He said: "This is an appalling step by Government and particularly Minister Varadkar, who has a growing reputation as someone who sees regional Ireland as little more than the weekend retreat for city dwellers."

Retired businessman leaves €14m in will

Retired businessman Patrick Heron, of The Residences, InterContinental Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, and formerly of Barberstown House, St Margaret's, Dublin 15, left €14,119,319 in his will upon his death on April 25, 2016. Other wills: Howard McConnell, a chartered accountant of Hainault Grove, Foxrock, Co Dublin, died on May 26, 2014, and left €2,813,382; Cecilia Ryan, of Whitebeam Road, Clonskeagh, Co Dublin, who died on February 23, 2016, left €2,4448,472; Alan Grey, a company director of The Coppins, Foxrock, Co Dublin, who died on February 10, 2016, left €2,207,595; Hubert Duffy, an architect of Burlington Road, Dublin 4, who died on April 1, 2016, left €2,176,266; Joseph Curtin, formerly of Huband Court, Percy Place, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, left €1,796,6756; Ita Kileen, a retired medical doctor of Belgrove Park, Clontarf, Dublin 3, who died on April 20, 2016, left €1,777,742; Patrick Dargan, a retired businessman of Bennekerry, Carlow, who died on September 7, 2015, left €1,514,740 and Thomas Barry, of Drom, Thurles, Co Tipperary, who died on August 16, 2013, left €1,301,280.

The value of estates may include property, including the family home and should not be regarded as cash amounts.

Sunday Independent

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