The President Intervenes


President Michael D Higgins has intervened in the continuing row over the inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar, saying it must meet the needs of her family as well as those of the State.

President Higgins’ unprecedented comments will increase the pressure on the Government to recast the investigation in response to continuing opposition from her husband Praveen.

However, Government sources continued to insist last night that the HSE-commissioned inquiry announced this week, to be held in private, would go ahead as planned. Mr Halappanavar is seeking a sworn public inquiry.

President says Savita inquiry must satisfy her family (Paul Cullen, Kitty Holland, Mark Hennessy, Irish Times)

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)