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The death of a woman, in her late 20s, has occurred at Phoenix Lodge, also called Judge Darley’s, near the Museum Luas stop in Dublin

This afternoon.

Kitty Holland, in The Irish Times, reports:

A young homeless woman has died “tragically” in emergency accommodation in Dublin.

In a statement to The Irish Times a Garda spokesman said: “Gardaí were called to the scene of a sudden death of a female in her late 20s that occurred at approximately 5pm at Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 on Wednesday, January 15th.

“A file will be prepared for the Coroner’s Court”

It is understood the woman’s body was found in her room at the Phoenix Lodge hostel, also known as Judge Darley’s, where she had been placed by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE).

Young homeless woman dies in Dublin hostel (Kitty Holland, The Irish Times)

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Karen McEvoy who died on Christmas Day

Yesterday, in The Irish Times.

Kitty Holland reported that Karen McEvoy, 24, originally from Tallaght in Dublin, died of suspected sepsis on Christmas Day, a week after she had given birth to a healthy baby girl in the Coombe hospital on December 18.

The baby girl was her third child, as Karen already had two boys with her partner Barry Kelly, 26, and she was discharged on December 19.

Ms Holland reported that within two days of giving birth, Karen was “complaining of severe back and abdominal pain, exhaustion, flu-like symptoms and sweating” and that by the time she was back visiting the Coombe on December 23, for her daughter’s heel-prick test, she needed crutches to walk.

Barry told Ms Holland that, while at the Coombe, Karen went to the A&E and was told she may have sciatica and advised that “If it gets worse go to Tallaght [Hospital] for an X-ray”.

On Christmas morning, she woke up swollen and slurring her words. She was brought to Naas hospital where medics decided to sedate and intubate her – with the aim of helping her to breathe. However she went into cardiac arrest and died.

Barry said the staff at Naas Hospital did everything they could and they “were brilliant. It was very hard for them too”.

This morning, Ms Holland is reporting that Barry is calling for an independent investigation into Karen’s death while a GoFundMe page has since been set up to help Barry and Karen’s children.

Those who wish to donate to the fund can do so here

Woman (24) died on Christmas Day one week after giving birth (Kitty Holland, The Irish Times)

Man calls for independent investigation into partner’s death (Kitty Holland, The Irish Times)

Coombe Hospital

Last week in the Dáil.

Solidarity-People Before Profit TDs Ruth Coppinger and Bríd Smith spoke about a pregnant woman, from Clondalkin, Dublin, whom they claimed had been refused a termination at the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital in Dublin, despite two consultants certifying that she needed a termination for a fatal foetal abnormality.

Ms Coppinger said the board of the hospital overruled the two consultants’ direction and asked her to wait four weeks to see if she has a spontaneous miscarriage.

After the Dáil debate, the Coombe Hospital denied its board over ruled the decision of the two consultants.

The woman later spoke to Kitty Holland, of The Irish Times, and said she planned to travel to the UK for a termination.

Ms Holland later reported that the couple were told by the Coombe, in a letter, that their unborn baby had a “complex foetal anomaly” and that the hospital did not believe “there is present a condition affecting the foetus that is likely to lead to the death of the foetus either before or within 28 days of birth, as per the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018”.

Ms Holland reported on Saturday:

“The couple reject that they were told their foetus had a “complex anomaly”, saying they were told clearly a week before the letter was issued that the anomaly was fatal.”

Further to this…

This morning.

Paul Cullen, in The Irish Times, reports:

Decisions on whether or not to provide terminations in cases of foetal anomaly should be reached by multidisciplinary teams of doctors on a consensus basis, newly prepared guidelines indicate.

The multidisciplinary team (MDT) should be a formally-constituted committee of the hospital whose decisions are documented in clinical notes, according to the guidelines from the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

One such MDT was constituted at the Coombe hospital in Dublin earlier this month to consider the case of a patient whose foetus had been diagnosed with a foetal anomaly. The case was raised by two Opposition TDs in the Dáil last week after the woman’s request for a termination was refused.

In the Coombe case, treating doctors found that despite the presence of a “complex foetal anomaly” they did not believe the condition affecting the foetus was likely to lead to its death either before, or within 28 days of, birth – as required by legislation on terminations in cases of fatal foetal anomaly.

The MDT recommended a re-evaluation of the clinical condition of the foetus after four weeks.

Foetal anomaly cases require ‘teams of doctors’ (Paul Cullen, The Irish Times)

Previously:  “Her Words To Me Were: ‘This Is Not What I Voted For’”

Kitty Holland, of The Irish Times; Denis O’Brien, owner of Communicorp

Last night.

At the Gate Theatre, Dublin.

Further to Denis O’Brien-owned Communicorp – which includes Newstalk and Today FM – banning all Irish Times journalists from the group’s radio stations…

…Following the newspaper’s columnist Fintan O’Toole saying he would no longer go on Newstalk in the wake of George Hook’s comments about rape…

… Kitty Holland, who is the Social Affairs Correspondent at The Irish Times, “confronted” Mr O’Brien about the ban…

Fair play. In fairness.

Thanks Sandra

George Hook

This morning.

In the Times of Ireland.

Lise Hand writes:

The controversy over comments about rape made on Friday by the Newstalk presenter George Hook took an unexpected turn yesterday when the station began a fightback against its critics.

The radio station has decided not to use any contributors from The Irish Times in response to an article by the newspaper’s columnist Fintan O’Toole. On Tuesday O’Toole wrote that he would not appear on Newstalk again, describing it as “flagrantly sexist”.

Although there was no official statement to The Irish Times from the Communicorp-owned station, the ban was acknowledged by a source at the paper and Newstalk producers have been informed. A spokeswoman for the station could not be reached for comment.

Newstalk retaliates in rape row with ban on Hook critics (The Times of Ireland)


In The Irish Times

Kitty Holland writes:

Views, behaviours and individuals that contravened the moral hegemony of 1930s, 1940s and 1950s Catholic Ireland were publicly shamed, silenced and cast out by the thought police of the time. Abhorrent views were censured, stymieing intellectual and social development for decades.

Ireland is, thankfully, a different place now. Some would say our treatment of women has changed radically, but have our underlying social and political attitudes changed so much?

Today’s thought police see themselves as very different to those of 70 years ago. Their agenda is freedom and safety for women and girls.

However, the abhorrent and deeply damaging views of women and girls, articulated by Hook, teenage boys, and our Constitution alike, must be heard. They must be challenged. They must be changed. Simply silencing them will not achieve the safe, free world we want for our daughters.

George Hook should be challenged, not silenced (Kitty Holland, The Irish Times)


Irish Times journalist Kitty Holland and United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly will speak at an event called Fighting for Abortion Rights: The Case for Repealing the 8th Amendment.

Among a number of LEFTIE talks at the Resistance Student festival, from 11am to 1pm at Trinity College Dublin organised by the patently sinister Socialist Worker Student Society.


Clare Daly and Kitty Holland: ‘Fighting for Abortion Rights: The Case for Repealing the 8th Amendment’ (National Women’s Council of Ireland)

Socialist Worker Student Society (Facebook)




Irish Times journalist and author Kitty Holland was honoured for her contribution to arts and culture as one of Ireland’s Top 25 most powerful women at Dublin’s Four Seasons Hotel tonight.

Ireland’s women executives honoured at WXN awards (Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times)

9031880490318811903188139031880790318817The launch of Kitty Holland’s  book ‘Savita – The Tragedy That Shook A Nation‘ at Dubray Books, Grafton Street, Dublin last night.

Kitty, the daughter of the late journalist Mary Holland and Eamonn McCann, broke the story of the death of Savita Halappanavar just over a year ago in the Irish Times.

From top: (l-r) Mary O’Rourke, Kitty Holland, Kitty’s daughter Rosie and Eamonn McCann; Eamonn McCann, Mannix Flynn and Vincent Browne; Mary O’Rourke and Vincent Browne; Eamonn McCann and Nell McCafferty and Kitty Holland.

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)


Andaneppa Yalagi, father of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian dentist who died in Ireland a year ago after being denied abortion, attributed credit to the media for the movement against the anti-abortion law that took place in Ireland and rest of the world.

He was speaking at a function to mark the first death anniversary of Savita Halappanavar, organized at the Prajapita Brahmakumaris’ Centre in Mahantesh Nagar . Andaneppa lauded Kitty Holland, a senior journalist with the Irish Times, who broke the news of Savita’s death.

He showed the book, ‘Savita – The Tragedy That Shook The Nation’, to the audience, written by Kitty Holland, which he received from the writer a week ago. He said the 300-page book has covered all major developments that took place after Savita’s death. “It highlights the complexities of the judiciary, church, parliament as well as the action and inaction by the citizens of Ireland,” he said.


Religious restrictions killed my daughter: Savita’s dad (Times of India)

ConcernedSub writes:

Kitty Holland (above) who broke the Savita story in the Irish Times, described how she came upon the story in yesterday’s Observer. Fair play. No mention is made of any other journalist. I was wondering if any of your readers know why Kitty had to share a by-line with a senior male editor in her original piece? My irony meter is a little low this afternoon.