Thursday 19 April 2018

Irish women cannot be sacrificed as maternity hospital plans collapse

Dr Rhona Mahoney is currently Master of Holles St, but under the St Vincent’s plan, Holles St would devolve not just clinical control, but also control of resources, including staff and funding. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Dr Rhona Mahoney is currently Master of Holles St, but under the St Vincent’s plan, Holles St would devolve not just clinical control, but also control of resources, including staff and funding. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

Inside the beautifully maintained, Georgian-era Provost's House at Trinity College Dublin, a bunch of mostly middle-aged men are fighting over plans to form a Government.

The tiresome theatrics unfolding at No 1 Grafton Street is the political equivalent of watching two bald men fighting over a comb, such is the dearth of difference - despite all the tribalism and testosterone-induced struts - between the former civil war rivals.

Meanwhile, in Holles Street, home to the National Maternity Hospital (NMH), the busiest maternity hospital in Ireland - and one of Europe's busiest - women are giving birth to babies in cramped, inadequate buildings, parts of which date back to the 1700s and all of which lack the palladian glamour of No 1 Grafton Street.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss