It has emerged that the Health Minister, James Reilly, met with three involved in the issue of care around a number of pregnancies and births at Portlaoise hospital.
Doctor Reilly held the meetings in private over the weekend. It comes ahead of an Oireachtas health committee hearing into the deaths, and an investigation to be carried out by the Chief Medical Officer.
However families are to meet TDs in Leinster House this afternoon to demand full investigations by HIQA.
Sinn Fein's Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald, is among those calling for a HIQA inquiry.