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Pregnant women or pubs? There’s no doubt where this Government’s priorities lie

Holly Cairns


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Called to the bar: Jimmy Nooks enjoys a pint in Slattery's Bar on Capel Street, Dublin, yesterday as pubs and restaurants reopened fully across Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA

Called to the bar: Jimmy Nooks enjoys a pint in Slattery's Bar on Capel Street, Dublin, yesterday as pubs and restaurants reopened fully across Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA

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Good health: Yvonne Meppelink (left) and Sacha Wassenaar, visiting from the Netherlands, enjoy a drink in the Temple Bar, Dublin, yesterday as indoor dining in pubs and restaurants reopened across Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA

Good health: Yvonne Meppelink (left) and Sacha Wassenaar, visiting from the Netherlands, enjoy a drink in the Temple Bar, Dublin, yesterday as indoor dining in pubs and restaurants reopened across Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA

Holly Cairns

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Called to the bar: Jimmy Nooks enjoys a pint in Slattery's Bar on Capel Street, Dublin, yesterday as pubs and restaurants reopened fully across Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA

People gathered inside pubs and restaurants yesterday to enjoy a pint, a meal and a chat. Yet today in maternity hospitals all over the country, women will miscarry alone; attend important scans and appointments alone; even give birth alone.

When Nphet advised the Government that indoor dining could not proceed as planned on July 5, and vaccine passports were required to fully reopen hospitality, a new strategy was hurriedly developed. Ministers held continuous high-level meetings with various stakeholders, required staff in the attorney-general’s office to work late nights and weekends and rapidly published new legislation and convoluted regulations to get doors open.

There was no evidence of the same level of frenetic activity when, on May 10, Nphet advised there was “no good reason in public health terms why [maternity] restrictions continue to be in place”. All we had, in response to that categoric statement, was an exchange of limp correspondence – between senior HSE officials and hospital management teams – and a succession of assurances from Health Minister ­Stephen Donnelly the restrictions would be lifted imminently.


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