To: Department of Health

Block Sisters of Charity as 'sole owners' of National Maternity Hospital

The Sisters of Charity have announced they will not be involved in owning or running the new Maternity Hospital

Sign and share this petition to prevent the Sisters of Charity becoming 'sole owners' of the hospital. Show the state we will not allow the abuse of our babies, children, and women to be swept under the rug. Demand a formal apology from Sisters of Charity and demand they pay their share of the redress scheme.

Why is this important?

The Sisters of Charity is one of 18 residential institutions that is highlighted by the Ryan report 2009 to have been responsible for child abuse. They still owe €3 million to the redress scheme for its survivors. The Sisters of Charity, along with three other religious congregations, were responsible for the management of Magdalene Laundries. In 2013 they stated they would not be making ANY contributions to the State redress scheme to the women who had been subject abuse in the Magdalene Laundries. The Department of Health now want to give 'sole' ownership of the new €300 million State-funded National Maternity Hospital.

Deny them 'sole' ownership. Demand they formally apologise and pay redress.


Reasons for signing

  • The Irish state should be taking properties from the Catholic Church not handing them over to the care of those who have previously shown their ineptitude and have abused their position of power
  • It is utterly unacceptable to hand over a publicly funded facility to a private grouping such as this - unaccountable, criminally complicit in abuse and unapologetic for the profound damage they have inflicted.
  • Religious orders, particularly those who have not fully compensated the victims of abuse suffered at their hands, should not have a role in running the main maternity hospital in the state.


2017-07-18 08:25:49 +0100
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Petition is successful with 104,574 signatures

2017-06-11 10:08:14 +0100
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Petition is successful with 104,558 signatures

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