Everybody is in favour of the nurses. Before, during, and after the nurses’ strike last Wednesday, it was obvious that there was huge public support for their cause. Whether that support is based entirely on emotion or grounded in reason is a moot point.
The intention of the Irish Catholic bishops, as set out in a document titled ‘Code of Ethical Standards for Healthcare’, to refuse to offer abortion and other services in public hospitals that they control and their refusal to accept the democracy of the vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment is way out of line with the upcoming legislation on the termination of pregnancies in Ireland.
As former chairs of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (IOG) we have been horrified at the statements made by colleagues on maternal care. We are particularly appalled by the comments of Dr Rhona Mahony in the ‘Together for Yes’ campaign video where she states: “In Ireland today, we play medical roulette with women’s lives.”
Mona Lynch has been a close friend of Mary McDonnell’s for nearly half a century. Currently studying an MA in creative writing at the age of 76, she writes about the life Mary has had, and what the future might hold for her and her daughter, Sinead.