To: The Department of Health

Name the Children's Hospital after Dr Kathleen Lynn

Name the Children's Hospital after Dr Kathleen Lynn

Dr Lynn was one of the first female medical graduates from University College Dublin. She became politically active and worked in Liberty Hall providing food and care for the poor and destitute families during the turbulent time of the 1913 Dublin Lock-Out.

Dr. Lynn's medical career was defined by her work at Saint Ultan's Children's Hospital, which she established in Dublin in 1919, with a group of female activists. Lynn's work with Dublin's inner-city poor had convinced her of the need for a hospital to provide medical and educational facilities for impoverished mothers and infants. Earlier in her career, Lynn had experienced discrimination in applying for hospital positions due to her gender, and Saint Ultan's was the only hospital in Ireland entirely managed by women. Saint Ultan's Hospital grew rapidly, and from 1937 became the centre for BCG vaccination in Ireland.

Dr. Lynn was the chief medical officer for the Irish Citizen Army. At the request of rebel leader James Connolly she joined the Irish Citzien's Army during the 1916 rising and was appointed as Captain and Chief Medical Officer. She provided medical training to members of the ICA and also taught the Cumann na mBan. Dr. Lynn remained active in the Nationalist movement; she was elected vice-president of the Sinn Féin executive in 1917 and in 1923, Lynn was elected to Dáil Éireann as a Sinn Féin TD for the Dublin County constituency at the 1923 general election.

Why is this important?

Dr. Lynn was an incredible woman, revolutionary and role model. She did so much to improve the lives of children in Ireland and she deserves to be recognised. Nothing would be more fitting than a Children's Hospital named in her honour.


Reasons for signing

  • Dr. Lynn was an incredible woman, revolutionary and role model. She did so much to improve the lives of children in Ireland
  • Because Dr Kathleen Lynn was one of the greatest humanitarians of her time,tirelessly and quietly working to improve medical and hospital care for the less well off citizens of our country. Dr Kathleen Lynn was and still is mostly forgotten and written out of Irish history. It is long after time to rectify this injustice to this great woman. It is indeed fitting that the New Children's hospital be named after her. James H.
  • Dr Lynn served as chief medical officer in the IRA and was a champion for healthcare in the new Republic. My father was born in Dublin in the early 20th century and lived through the war for independence. He knew Dr Lynn and she sponsored him when he emigrated, providing him a letter of introduction to an Irish doctor in New York. He prospered in the US as a result of her kindness.

Updates

2018-02-20 12:47:39 +0000

Hi everyone,

I'm continuing to try my best to raise awareness of the campaign and I was delighted to be a guest on Dil Wickremasinghe's Sparking Change podcast this week, speaking about the campaign and how it's going. Our piece starts at 1hr 7mins in, you can listen here https://www.headstuff.org/sparking-change-with-dil/19-right-to-work-childrens-hospital-kathleen-lynn/

Thanks,

Deirdre

2017-10-26 18:18:03 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-10-25 10:14:34 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-10-24 17:21:05 +0100

Uplift changed the text of when you share on twitter to Dr Laura Lynn instead of Dr Kathleen Lynn so you'll need to edit before sharing. Have emailed them.

2017-10-24 12:55:32 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-10-24 11:14:27 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-10-24 10:31:14 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-10-24 10:17:53 +0100

10 signatures reached