Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has not ruled out a public inquiry into the death of pregnant Indian woman Savita Halappanavar.

Mr Gilmore said the priority was getting to the bottom of the 31-year-old dentist’s death after a miscarriage. “I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Mr Gilmore said.

His comments follow the announcement of a second investigation into her death – a statutory review by the Health Information and Quality Authority. The terms of reference for this inquiry will be published next week.

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly is considering continued requests for an open inquiry. He met Praveen Halappanavar, husband of the late Savita Halappanavar, in Galway for 25-minutes today in the company of his solicitor, Gerard O’Donnell.

Speaking afterwards Mr O’Donnell described their talks as “positive”. The meeting was sought by the Department of Health.

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Dáil Sketch: The Taoiseach and the Tánaiste must have been glad of the Brussels bolthole yesterday. It provided a brief respite from the political coalface back home, as the controversy surrounding Savita Halappanavar’s tragic death intensified.

Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore were working to retain as much as possible of the €1.7 billion share of the annual agricultural and rural development spending at the budget talks.

It must have seemed less challenging than what was facing a visibly uncomfortable Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, who was taking Opposition Leaders’ Questions on behalf of the beleaguered Government back in the Dáil.

Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher referred to Miriam O’Callaghan’s interview with Praveen Halappanavar on Wednesday night. It was, he said, the “the most moving, emotional testimony that a person could witness”.

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