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Protests force Sisters of Mercy to withdraw from new hospital

Protests force Sisters of Mercy to withdraw from new hospital

An ‘obscene’ Irish plan to allow the Sisters of Charity Catholic order to have a role in the management of new maternity facilities in Dublin has collapsed in the face of widespread protests.

According to the Guardian, the order that ran institutions in Ireland where women were enslaved and children abused for decades has given up any involvement in running the country’s new national maternity hospital.

After weeks of pressure and public outrage, the Sisters of Charity announced on Monday that it was ending its role in St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG), the trust set up to manage the new maternity facilities .

In a statement, the Sisters of Charity said it would not be involved in the ownership or management of the new hospital.

It said the two sisters on the board would resign with immediate effect.

Last month, one of Ireland’s most respected obstetricians, Dr Peter Boylan, above, resigned from the board after it emerged that the religious order responsible for running the notorious Magdalene Laundries would exercise influence over the new hospital.

Pat Flanagan, writing for The Irish Mirror, described the plan to allow the Sisters of Mercy a role in the running of the hospital as “obscene”:

Our Government spending €300million of our money to open a Magdalene maternity hospital says all you need to know about Ireland’s attitude towards woman and children.

It’s not that it’s bad, it’s not that it’s mad – it is one of the most obscene acts ever committed by an Irish government and a total insult to the Magdalene survivors …  Make no mistake, handing over a hospital into the hands of an organisation that enslaved women is on a par with the dirty deal that let the religious congregations off paying their share of the redress scheme.

After what this order of nuns did in the past they should not be allowed in the same building with women and children never mind owing a hospital which will bring future generations into the world.

Two large demonstrations were held over the last few weeks protesting against the order’s proposed role in running the hospital and more than 100,000 signed an online petition opposing the move.

Many of those incarcerated in the Magdalene Laundries – institutions that were controlled by Catholic orders from the late 18th century and well into the 20th – were young, unmarried women who became pregnant and had their babies taken from them, and in some cases sold to wealthy Catholic couples without children in the US.

In 2013, the taoiseach, Enda Kenny, issued an apology on behalf of the Irish state to the women held in the institutions. Kenny said their maltreatment and exploitation had:

Cast a long shadow over Irish life.

A financial redress scheme was set up in Ireland after an inquiry published in 2009 detailed abuse against children in residential institutions. The Sisters of Charity offered to pay €5m towards the €1.5bn redress bill and inquiry costs incurred by the state, but has so far contributed only €2m.

Overall, Irish Catholic orders have agreed to pay almost a quarter of the bill, but an audit report published in December 2016 found they had still contributed only 13 oercent to the overall compensation costs for victims.

Hat tip: Peter Sykes

9 responses to “Protests force Sisters of Mercy to withdraw from new hospital”

  1. Laura Roberts says:

    I would love to see similar outrage in America as the Catholic church continues to devour hospitals there.

  2. Angela_K says:

    What a great result, it seems many people are waking up to the fact that religion is toxic. Hospitals should remain free from religious intrusion and that includes the “hospital chaplains”currently leeching £ millions from the NHS.

  3. barriejohn says:

    Catholics in Northern Ireland are being left in no doubt as to how they should vote next week:

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2017/archbishop-says-voters-should-back-antiabortion-candidates-35764730.html

    Will they obey?

  4. Trevor Blake says:

    In the war crimes trials after World War II, many men were put to death for the crimes these nuns bought their way out of. Slavery is a crime, but religious slavery is a crime one can buy an indulgence for.

  5. L.Long says:

    ANY hospital that does NOT practice medicine according to patient needs should be sued to the max for malpractice and false advertising. The ahole catlickers can go to hell!!!

  6. Paul says:

    Why do religious orders that run hospitals need to practice medicine? They don’t as they go much better – they practice magic.

  7. Bart says:

    The RCC is a CRIMINAL ORGANISATION. Name the crime and the RCC is guilty of it. The Irish have woken up to the fact at last and will make the RCC pay before kicking them out all together.

    The USA is riddled with RCC tentacles especially in the heath care industry which is worth billions and billions of dollars annually. Follow the money and there you will find the RCC creaming it off. The RCC in control of health? That is a montrous abomination and the citizens of the USA need to jettison catholic control of their country. Indeed, twas the Jesuits, a particularly nasty offshoot of the RCC that assassinated Kennedy because he dared stand up to them.

  8. StephenJP says:

    “Sisters of Mercy” sounds so benign, doesn’t it? So does the picture of “nuns”, probably in Debbie Reynolds robes and wimples, selflessly ministering to the sick.

    Make no mistake. This is not a well-meaning, if misguided, feminine organisation. It is a hardline RC bureaucracy, run by priests and ideologues, with the sole aim of maintaining and extending the grasp of the RCC over every aspect of the lives of ordinary Irish people. I would not trust their tactical withdrawal in this case an inch.

  9. Cali Ron says:

    Bart: Finally, somebody has figured out who killed Kennedy. I never suspected the Catholic Church would assassinate the only catholic to ever be the US President, one of the most powerful men in the world.