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Monday 20 November 2017

Praveen to sue HSE over death of Savita

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

THE husband of Savita Halappanavar plans to sue the Health Service Executive (HSE) over the death of his wife.

Praveen Halappanavar's solicitor Gerard O'Donnell told the 'Irish Times' that there were multiple grounds for a claim, including a failure to diagnose her condition.

The revelation came as the family of Savita hit out at Galway politicians who failed to back the abortion legislation.

Andaneepa Yalagi, the father of the 31-year-old dentist, said he was disappointed that five TDs in the county voted against the legislation this week.

He added that it made a mockery of all the vows that a death like Savita's would not happen again.

Speaking from his home in Belgaum, India, Mr Yalagi urged the politicians to change their stance.

"People need to stand up and fight for this. Ireland must pass this legislation and its politicians must be willing to fight for it," he said.

Galway was the only county where a majority of local TDs voted against the abortion legislation. Mr Yalagi said he had expected more for his daughter.

In Galway West, FG's Brian Walsh, FF's Eamon O Cuiv and Independent Noel Grealish voted against the legislation, while FG's Sean Kyne and Labour's Derek Nolan voted for it.

In Galway East, FF's Micheal Kitt and newly independent Colm Keaveny voted against the bill while FG's Ciaran Cannon and Paul Connaughton voted in favour.

Mr Yalagi said he was happy that the legislation had passed this stage but urged all Galway politicians to back it as a legacy to Savita, who lost her life at University Hospital Galway on October 28 last.

Galway Pro-Choice also hit out at the number of Galway politicians who voted against the legislation.

"It is absolutely shameful that in Galway, where Savita died because of Ireland's abortion laws, five TDs have voted against even this most restrictive legislation," said a spokesperson for Galway Pro-Choice.

Irish Independent

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