Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (133)

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

132 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason there is an ongoing delay in setting up an inquiry into a case (details supplied) and other related issues. [6430/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

Arising from the report of the fitness to practise committee of the Medical Council into the professional conduct of the person in question, the Government has agreed to establish a non-statutory inquiry into certain matters of concern at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. Following consultations with the Attorney General, Judge Maureen Harding Clark of the International Criminal Court has been appointed to chair the inquiry. I understand Judge Clark is currently studying the transcript of the proceedings at the fitness to practise committee and other relevant background documentation. Premises have been secured and recruitment of staff, both legal and administrative, is under way. The terms of reference and format of the inquiry are being finalised and I intend to bring recommendations to Cabinet in the very near future.