An article in last Saturday’s edition by Breda O’Brien referred to a list of 37 journalists and producers in connection with a pro-choice march saying that it included “some names associated with RTÉ”.

The piece continued: “if you work for a public service broadcaster, how does calling for support for a pro-choice march ‘ensure that in their use of social media they avoid damaging perceptions of their own or RTÉ’s impartiality’?”

RTÉ has pointed out that only one staff producer from RTÉ is on the list and one freelance who contributes to RTÉ, and that the RTÉ staff producer on the list did not tweet support for the march.

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The family of Savita Halappanavar say the Minister for Health, James Reilly, has until Thursday to agree to a public inquiry into her death or else they will take their case the European Court of Human Rights.

The father of the late Ms Halappanavar has made an appeal to the Government to consider a public inquiry.

Speaking from India, Mr Andanappa Yalagi said the family were not happy with the progress made so far. He added that he did not understand, or trust, the HSE investigation.

Dr Reilly has said that when he receives the reports of the two current investigations into her death, he will take whatever action is needed.

Earlier, Mr Reilly said he respects the views of Praveen Halappanavar and his right to do as he sees fit in seeking a different inquiry into his wife's death.

The minister said he has a duty of care to the women of Ireland and the west of Ireland to ensure practices at University Hospital Galway are safe.

He added that he has a duty to reassure them it is a safe place to have a baby and that he has to await the outcome of the internal and HIQA inquiries.

Minister Reilly said he will take whatever action those inquiries demand, but that "in fairness", this was the first maternal death at the Galway hospital in 17 years, and the service there has been safe.


For those of us who don't speak politics, this means the parties vote as a block and not individually, meaning that Fine Gael TDs will all have to vote for the legislation the expert group says is necessary.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out a free vote for Fine Gael TDs on the issue of abortion.

Mr Kenny told reporters that his party had very clear rules and they involved people who were elected, voting in accordance with party decisions.

He was speaking in Cardiff where he is attending a meeting of the British-Irish Council.

Earlier, Junior Minister Brian Hayes said he still felt abortion was an issue on which TDs should be allowed a free vote.

The Dáil debates a motion from the Technical Group this week on abortion.

Mr Kenny also expressed confidence in Health Minister James Reilly, who he described as having taken on an enormous brief.

Meanwhile, Minister Reilly said there is no split between Government parties on how to proceed in dealing with the expert group report on abortion.

He said the Cabinet will only consider the report tomorrow, after which it is hoped there will be a good parliamentary debate with input from all sides.

Mr Reilly said there will hopefully be consensus in the debate on the way forward.

Minister Reilly repeated what he said in the Dáil some months ago, that this is an issue that he will not leave behind him as health minister.

He said that this will not be the seventh government not to take action required to clarify the issue.

Psychiatrist issues suicide decision warning

A leading psychiatrist, specialising in the care of pregnant women, has said legislators need to give "very careful consideration" to who has suffcient qualifications and experience to decide if a pregnant woman is at risk of suicide.

Dr Anthony McCarthy, one of only three perinatal psychiatrists in the country, warned against the introduction of what he called a "tick box" system of deciding whether or not a woman is entitled to an abortion.

Dr McCarthy, a consultant at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, was speaking ahead of the publication of the report of an expert group on abortion tomorrow, which is expected to recommend that two psychiatrists and an obstetrician be involved in cases where suicide poses a risk to the life of a mother.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Dr McCarthy said it is important that the risk of suicide is not ignored, or stigmatised. He said while cases are rare, they are real.

He said that one of the most common causes of maternal death in the UK and Ireland is suicide.

He said it is difficult to establish how common the problem is in Ireland, because most women in those circumstances here currently travel to England for an abortion, without presenting for care to professionals here.


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