Evening top 5: St. Vincent's board "totally supportive" of hospital relocation; settlement in Grace case

The top stories this Thursday evening...

The board of St. Vincent's Healthcare group says it's totally supportive of the relocation of the national maternity hospital to its site.

After a meeting this evening, it said it welcomed the support of the Holles St board and the Health Minister Simon Harris' confirmation that the project would go ahead.

The Boards of both hospitals will now begin working with Simon Harris to complete the governance and legal agreements, which will guarantee full clinical independence of the facility.


The Taoiseach's spoken for the first time about the recommendation from the Citizens' Assembly to change our abortion laws.

Last weekend the group recommended replacing the 8th amendment and that the ban on abortion here should be relaxed - including allowing terminations in all cases up to 12 weeks gestation.

Enda Kenny says the Oireachtas Committee and the Dáil will now have to decide what's put to the people.


A HSE-funded settlement package worth €6.3m has been approved for a woman with serious intellectual disabilities known as Grace.

The woman was left in the care of a foster family for 20 years in an allegedly abusive situation.

Speaking on Newstalk Drive, court reporter with the Irish Times Mary Carolan said the HSE apologised to the woman in court for the failings in her care:

"It's intended to ensure Grace is looked after appropriately for the rest of her life," she said. "They also apologised for what they said were 'very serious failings' in their care and that actions had been taken about remedying such situations."


Health Minister Simon Harris says he "respects" the decision of Dr Peter Boylan to resign from the board of the National Maternity Hospital.

The former Master resigned earlier from the Executive Committee of the hospital, confirming to the Pat Kenny Show this will take place with immediate effect.

In a statement obtained by Newstalk, Dr Boylan said: "I can no longer remain a member of a board which is so blind to the consequences of its decision to transfer sole ownership of the hospital to the Religious Sisters of Charity, and so deaf to the disquiet of the public it serves".

"Hospitals on land owned by the Catholic Church are obliged to follow Catholic teaching and Canon Law on medical practices and procedures.

"The proposed hospital will be built on land owned by the Religious Sisters of Charity, the hospital will be owned outright by the Religious Sisters of Charity, and the company tasked with running the hospital will be owned outright by the Religious Sisters of Charity."


Two people have been arrested in Waterford on suspected involvement in terrorism activity.

Gardaí say the arrests were made on Thursday morning it was part of an ongoing intelligence led operation.

It followed an operation by gardaí in Waterford City.

The man and woman were arrested on suspicion of having committed offences under the Criminal Justice Terrorist Offences Act, 2005.

The two people are both aged in their 20s.

They were taken to Waterford garda station and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.