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Praveen wants talks with Reilly after return from India break

PRAVEEN Halappanavar will request a meeting with Health Minister James Reilly when he returns from holiday.

He was only made aware that the report into his wife's death was made public hours after its release on Thursday. He is currently holidaying in India and is not due back in Ireland for a further 10 days.

Mr Halappanavar's solicitor Gerard O'Donnell said he managed to break the news to his client late on Thursday.

"He was very surprised to hear the report had been released. His main concern was speaking to Savita's family and parents and letting them know it was coming. He wants time now to look at it in detail," said Mr O'Donnell.

The solicitor added that Mr Halappanavar was still eager to have a meeting with Health Minister James Reilly and would be requesting one upon his return to Galway.

"He's very eager to meet with the minister. Praveen has a lot of questions that have not yet been answered," added Mr O'Donnell.

"He's quite upset and tired by the whole thing. He has told his story so many times now and it's taking its toll. Nonetheless he's determined to press ahead with this.

"The more he gets angry, the stronger he gets about this. He's not an angry person, he's a very quiet, mild-mannered person but he is hurt by it all," he added.

Mr O'Donnell said this would not be the end of Mr Halappanavar's fight for justice, adding that they were now looking at what legal avenues were open to them.

"We will keep going. We will have to discuss with counsel our options and whether a case to Europe is appropriate," he added.

Savita Halappanavar (31) died on October 28 last at Galway University Hospital. She was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to the hospital a week earlier suffering a miscarriage. A clinic review into her treatment found there had been inadequate assessment and monitoring.

It added there had been "a lack of recognition of the gravity of the situation and the increasing risk to the life of the mother" among staff at the Galway hospital.

The HSE has promised to fully implement all the recommendations in a review into her death.

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