Sunday 19 November 2017

'It's a cover up. Shame on you'

Michael Kivlehan outside the inquest into the death of his wife Dhara
Michael Kivlehan outside the inquest into the death of his wife Dhara

"It's a cover up. Shame on you."

They were the words of distraught widower Michael Kivlehan over restrictions on the number of witnesses being called for the inquest into the death of his wife.

She died in a Belfast hospital in September 2010, aged 29, four days after giving birth in Sligo General Hospital

Last Wednesday in Carrick on Shannon, a hearing took place on witnesses to be called for her inquest.

Coroner Eamon MacGowan offered to review the witness list but refused to commit to adding to the six names.

An upset Mr Kivlehan, sitting in the public gallery, declared: "It's a bloody cover-up. A cover-up.

"My wife was Indian. I'm last on the list (of witnesses). Why is that?

You don't want me to address the press here.

"I will not stand for this. It's a cover-up. Shame on you."

The coroner has offered to hear evidence from six witnesses.

They are two doctors from Sligo, two doctors from the Royal in Belfast, Mr Kivlehan and Dr Peter Boylan, the former Master of Holles St and a consultant obstretrician.

The Kivlehans, from Dromahair, said they want to see the coroner adopt the approach taken by Belfast Coroner Dr John Leckey.

He suggested 24 witnesses give evidence when the inquiry into the young mother's death was opened in Northern Ireland.

"To say that the Kivlehan family are stunned and sickened by what they see as an extraordinarily restrictive approach on your part is in the nature of an understatement," solicitor Damien Tansey told the coroner.

Mrs Kivlehan's inquest is due for a full hearing from September 22 in Carrick-on-Shannon.

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