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[At a press conference earlier  to release the report into maternity deaths at Portlaoise Hospital were from top: Natasha Molyneaux who lost her son Nathana and Health Minister James Reilly; Mark Molloy and Rosin who lost their baby Mark from left: solicitor Rachael Liston, Shauna Keyes who lost her baby Joshua Keyes Cornally and Shauna’s mother in law Margo Mills; Rosin Molly who lost her baby Mark and from left: Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, James Reilly and Dr Kathleen MacLellan]

The Clinical Director of the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise has apologised to the parents whose babies died at the maternity unit at the hospital.
In a statement this afternoon John Connaughton said the hospital and staff wish to apologise unreservedly for the unacceptable communication with the families at a time they most needed honesty compassion and kindness.
Asked why the parents of the babies were not told at the time of their death why the children had died, Mr Connaughton said investigations had begun but these investigations did not proceed at the rate they should have and that was unacceptable and cannot happen again.

Apology to parents over Portlaoise hospital deaths (RTE)

Maternity Service At Portlaoise Hospital Unsafe (Irish Times)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

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