Wednesday 13 December 2017

Foot-dragging is no longer an option

Lise Hnad

The shadow of Savita hung over the Dail chamber all day. "It's an unfortunate tragedy," said the Taoiseach during the afternoon.

It is, but it's much, much more. It's a shocking shambles, a heart-breaking horror show, a grim reminder of the perils of political prevarication whereby a failure to act for two decades created not only a dangerous vacuum but – in this dreadfully sad case – a fatal one.

It was a day of more confusion – the day began with the news that Savita Halappanavar's husband, Praveen, was unhappy with the fact that three members of the panel assembled to conduct an inquiry into the death of his wife were staff members of Galway's University College Hospital where she had died.

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