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    In the 19th century the Irish Government provided funds to religious orders to construct "Industrial Schools" and the like, and subvented religious-run health facilities, and mother and baby homes. We all know at least a little of the outcome.

    It is simply unbelievable tha this government in the 21st century proposes to give the new National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity - notwithstanding any corporate shelter it may be wrapped up in.

    This article from today's times makes it clear why. A Board member and the previous Master of the NMH has spoken out about the constricted services for women provided by nun-rule.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/healt...hony-1.3055036

    There will be a protest lunchtime today outside the Department of Health in Dublin. Over 50,000 people have signed an online petition against the gift of the hospital to the Sisters.

    http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakin...al-786468.html

    The Sisters of Charity, on whose land the hospital is to be built, have never paid their agreed redress contribution up. Their numbers at this stage are few, and elderly and their alleged competence to run health services a mystery.

    The land should be confiscated and no public funds put their way under any pretext.
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    Just a reminder that the Sisters of Charity hocked the PUBLIC St. Vincent's Hospital to build the private St Vincents.

    Why are they not in jail ?

    http://www.politicalworld.org/showth...t#.WPtCwWe1tXA
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    If the Order is to have no influence why does this need to be in their hands?! How on earth are their snouts still allowed in public health and education... Rage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraxinus View Post
    If the Order is to have no influence why does this need to be in their hands?! How on earth are their snouts still allowed in public health and education... Rage!
    It is even worse than I thought - the "National" Maternity Hospital is also a Catholic-run "voluntary hospital" funded by the State. As it caters for the centre of Dublin there are many mothers going there who are not Catholic, and I much doubt that most who are are entirely happy with an Archbishop being head of the Board.

    The 300 million we are to cough up is to fund a new "voluntary" hospital entirely owned by the Sister of Charity, on land provided by St VIncents, another Catholic hospital, with an agreement between the two that is seems may be private and not available for the public to see.

    Two hundred + people turned up at very short notice to protest at the Department of Health. People are furious.

    Why can't the State build itself a maternity hospital, and run it ?

    The entire health system is chaotic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    It is even worse than I thought - the "National" Maternity Hospital is also a Catholic-run "voluntary hospital" funded by the State. As it caters for the centre of Dublin there are many mothers going there who are not Catholic, and I much doubt that most who are are entirely happy with an Archbishop being head of the Board.

    The 300 million we are to cough up is to fund a new "voluntary" hospital entirely owned by the Sister of Charity, on land provided by St VIncents, another Catholic hospital, with an agreement between the two that is seems may be private and not available for the public to see.

    Two hundred + people turned up at very short notice to protest at the Department of Health. People are furious.

    Why can't the State build itself a maternity hospital, and run it ?

    The entire health system is chaotic.
    Put in the light of Sams recent post on the 1867 Proclamation declaring separation of church and state..... 150 years later and still not much progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraxinus View Post
    Put in the light of Sams recent post on the 1867 Proclamation declaring separation of church and state..... 150 years later and still not much progress.
    According the St Vincents, they didn't even want this. The State drove the construction of Industrial Schools by giving grants to the Orders instead of running them themselves. Nothing has changed.
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    Default Re: Giving The National Maternity Hospital to the "Sisters of Charity" - Has Nothing Changed since the 19th Century ?

    Politics, that is the answer to nearly all the qs raised about the issue, coupled with funk. No politician will seriously raise their heads above the parapet on a) issues re maternity which have any whiff of abortion or b) discuss the role of the religious per see.

    Just look at results of the votes of the supposedly scientifically selected members of the 8th amendment forum.

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