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Savita: Family give Health Minister public inquiry ‘ultimatum’

They said tonight that the Minister has until Thursday to agree to a public inquiry, or they will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

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THE FAMILY OF Savita Halappanavar have issued the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, with an ultimatum, urging him to hold a public inquiry into her death.

Savita’s father, Mr Andanappa Yalagi, spoke to RTÉ this evening from India, and said that the family did not trust the HSE investigation, or understand it. He also appealed to the Irish government to hold a public inquiry into the death of the 31-year-old.

It is believed they will take their case to the European Court of Human Rights if the Minister for Health does not agree to the public inquiry by Thursday.

On Friday, the Health Minister met with Savita’s husband, Praveen Halappanavar, in Galway. He said afterwards that he would “reflect” on their meeting, during which he listened to Mr Halappanavar’s concerns.

Read: Savita death: James Reilly to “reflect” on meeting with Praveen Halappanavar>

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