Husbands who lost their wives fight for automatic inquests in maternal deaths

Dhara Kivlehan and Sally Rowlette's husbands say they will not give up until they have won change, as they speak to politicians at Leinster House

The husbands of two women who died after giving birth in Irish hospitals will visit Leinster House this afternoon, as part of an effort to secure an automatic inquest for every maternal death.

Independent socialist TD for Dublin North Clare Daly is seeking to amend the 2007 Coroner Bill.

Dhara Kivlehan and Sally Rowlette’s husbands say investigations should automatically have been held after their wives died as a result of childbirth. Instead they had to seek inquests.

Both women were eventually ruled at inquest to have died as a result of medical misadventure.

Mrs Kivlehan died in Belfast, after giving birth to son Dior at Sligo General Hospital in 2010.

Michael Kivlehan told Newstalk Lunchtime it was a four year long struggle to secure an inquest into his wife Dhara’s death:

Sean Rowlette told the programme that if Michael Kivlehan had been successful in his efforts to secure an inquest for his wife, the outcome for his own wife might have been different.

His wife Sally (36) died giving birth to the couple's fourth child in 2013. 

Mr Rowlette says he is angry that his fight to change the system goes on: