Thursday 14 December 2017

Martina Devlin: Give Savita's husband the public inquiry he demands

Picture: @stephenbyrne86
Picture: @stephenbyrne86

You'd think Praveen Halappanavar was asking for the moon. He's not. If he wants a public inquiry into his wife's death, a public inquiry should be held.

No wheedling, no pressure, no personal appeal to play nice from the Taoiseach to break the deadlock and meet the chairman of the Health Service Executive inquiry.

Savita's husband isn't the one who needs to play nice – it's the Irish Government, acting on behalf of its citizens. We must be fair, transparent and respectful to his wishes, provided they are reasonable. And it seems entirely reasonable that he should have strong views on the sort of inquiry in which he feels able to place his faith.

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