There shouldn’t have to be scandals before we get political action

A little teddy for baby Darragh and Maire Downey at their Funeral in Ballyagran. Picture Brendan Gleeson

The culture of our maternity services has not changed, three years into the national strategy, writes Victoria White

A heavy silence of sadness hangs over the deaths of lovely young mother Marie Downey and her precious four-day-old baby Darragh in Cork University Maternity Hospital last week.

In the rare moments we allow ourselves to think about it, many of us probably travel back to the first days of our own babies’ lives.

We remember the flowers, the cuddles, the phone calls, all indications of the love a new baby brings into the world and which surrounds new parents. We remember the miracle of a tiny human being, so dependent on us for everything and yet so much an individual.

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