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President wades into inquiry row over Savita

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins has raised eyebrows by wading into the row over the investigation into the death of Savita Halappanavar.

In an unprecedented move for an Irish president, Mr Higgins (below) heaped pressure on the Government as it continues to stand by its decision to hold a HSE-led inquiry.

He said that the probe needs to meet the needs of the Halappanavar family -- who are furious that the Government is refusing to hold an independent public inquiry.

The inquiry to come into the tragic death of the young Indian woman must meet the needs of the concerned public, the family and the State, he said

Speaking during a visit to Liverpool last night, he said: "I think that what is very important and what is very moving to me as President is to see the enormous response among the Irish public to the sad death of the wonderful Savita and how tragic it all is. My wish, frankly, is that there be some form of investigation which meets the needs of the concerned public and meets the needs of the family and meets the need of the State."

Ms Halappanavar (31) died at University Hospital Galway on October 28 from septicaemia following a miscarriage.