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Dublin: 10 °C Thursday 17 April, 2014


# symphysiotomy - Sunday 6 April, 2014

Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday

Everyone’s been talking about Ian Bailey, John Joe Nevin, and MH370…

Minister has been given the latest symphysiotomy report following judge’s review

There are now two reports about the issue on James Reilly’s desk – but neither has been published.

# symphysiotomy - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

‘I was just 27 and I was butchered’: Symphysiotomy survivors in their own words

The victims took their fight to the UN today. Here are their stories.

Symphysiotomy victims tell the UN about cruel and barbaric childbirth operations

The survivors have brought their search for justice to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.

# symphysiotomy - Monday 3 March, 2014

Column: Attempts to silence survivors of symphysiotomy must be fought

Reliance on ex gratia redress schemes should be read against a backdrop of Government reluctance to allow these victims – and others like them – to speak on their own terms about the recent past, writes Máiréad Enright.

# symphysiotomy - Sunday 29 December, 2013

Ireland, women and 2013: A year we dealt with our legacy issues?

Magdalene survivors, symphysiotomy campaigns and UNCAT criticism of abortion guidelines…this is the year that was.

# symphysiotomy - Monday 9 December, 2013

‘Flood of cases’ by symphysiotomy survivors expected in courts next year

The government’s u-turn on the lifting of the statute of limitations for one year, to facilitate legal action for the women, has been described as “appalling”.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are nine things you want to know as you start your day.

# symphysiotomy - Sunday 8 December, 2013

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here are nine things you want to know as you start your day.

# symphysiotomy - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

U-turn on statute of limitations as closure sought for symphysiotomy survivors

Survivors want the government to enter into settlement talks with them but James Reilly said it is not in the women’s best interests to lift the Statute of Limitations.

Symphysiotomy survivors to meet with Minister today

The support group says it hopes today’s Cabinet briefing and subsequent meeting won’t be just ‘box-ticking exercises’.

# symphysiotomy - Thursday 26 September, 2013

Minister does not want legal firms to benefit from symphysiotomy settlement

Any money should go to the women themselves, James Reilly told the Dáil today.

# symphysiotomy - Sunday 18 August, 2013

Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday

Everyone’s talking about the four Irish people detained in Cairo, arrests at Eminem’s Slane gig, and Clare getting through to the All Ireland hurling final.

“We’re victims of medical negligence” – Symphysiotomy survivors reject mediation

One of the groups representing survivors says the system proposed by James Reilly “seeks to buy their silence”.

# symphysiotomy - Thursday 1 August, 2013

Here Is What Happened Today: Thursday

Everybody’s talking about the possible Dublin Bus strike, the pay for trainee nurses and life in prison for Ariel Castro.

Symphysiotomy survivors reject Magdalene type redress scheme

After a meeting with the Health Minister today, one of the groups representing women said at no stage did Reilly condemn the practice.

# symphysiotomy - Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Minister to meet with symphysiotomy groups on Thursday

James Reilly is seeking clarification on a number of matters ahead of a final decision on redress for the women who were victims of the outdated practice of deliberately breaking a woman’s pelvis during child birth.

# symphysiotomy - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Government seeks information from symphysiotomy groups ahead of decision

Health Minister James Reilly and Minister Kathleen Lynch will meet the groups representing the women affected next Tuesday.

# symphysiotomy - Thursday 18 July, 2013

‘The Government is attempting to deny symphysiotomy victims access to the courts’ – Clare Daly

Dublin North TD Clare Daly says that any comparison between redress schemes for Magdalene and symphysiotomy survivors is ‘wholly inappropriate’.

# symphysiotomy - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

Government condemned by symphysiotomy group for “underhand approach”

A survivors’ group says any proposals for a Magdalene-type scheme of redress would be “wholly inappropriate”, and has called on the Government to engage with its members.

# symphysiotomy - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

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Symphysiotomy survivors want justice for ‘barbaric’ acts

A protest was held outside Leinster House today as the women fight for the right to a day in court.

# symphysiotomy - Wednesday 17 April, 2013

Mixed response from symphysiotomy survivors to lifting statute of limitations

One group representing survivors has given a guarded welcome to the news, while another is uneasy about the idea.

# symphysiotomy - Tuesday 16 April, 2013

Government accepts Bill to allow for symphysiotomy compensation

Symphysiotomy was a surgical procedure used in Irish maternity hospitals until 1984. It involved the unnecessary unhinging of the patient’s pelvis during or after child birth.

Oireachtas agenda: Symphysiotomy, WW2 deserters, and new arrivals

The Dáil’s newest member, Helen McEntee, will be formally introduced to the chamber today.

# symphysiotomy - Tuesday 9 April, 2013

Symphysiotomy survivors call for statute bar to be set aside

A Bill will be debated in the Dáil next week.

# symphysiotomy - Saturday 6 April, 2013

‘Appalling’, ‘ghastly’ and ‘brutal’ – doctors describe symphysiotomy ordeal

Medical professionals from around the world have come out in support in Ireland’s symphysiotomy survivors. Here’s what they had to say.

# symphysiotomy - Friday 5 April, 2013

Survivors of Symphysiotomy group to present petition ahead of Dáil decision

Government is due to decide later this month on whether the statute of limitations should be set aside for survivors seeking legal recourse.

# symphysiotomy - Saturday 24 November, 2012

A history of symphysiotomy: the impact of Catholic ethics on Irish medicine

Extracts from a recent article by Jacqueline Morrissey published in History Ireland.

# symphysiotomy - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning. Here’s nine things to know this morning…

Symphysiotomy survivors gather to recount stories of torture

“Put fifty of us in a room and you’ll get different stories but the same ending. We are all cripples.”

# symphysiotomy - Tuesday 13 November, 2012

Interview: ‘I didn’t know if my baby was dead or alive for two days’

During the birth of her first son Rita McCann’s pelvis was broken – on purpose by doctors, in a symphysiotomy. That was 56 years ago, but she still doesn’t know why it was done.

# symphysiotomy - Tuesday 17 July, 2012

Government to consider special law to allow legal claims by symphysiotomy victims

The government will consider a suggestion from Gerry Adams to waive the statute of limitations for victims of the practice.

# symphysiotomy - Wednesday 11 July, 2012

The Evening Fix: Wednesday

Things we learned, loved and shared today.

Supreme Court reduces symphysiotomy award to €325,000

Olivia Kearney will receive €325,000 instead of the €450,000 awarded by the High Court in March.

# symphysiotomy - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

Symphysiotomy survivors “repudiate” Walsh report

The 160 women who met last night to discuss the issue said they will not co-operate with phase two of the report.

# symphysiotomy - Tuesday 26 June, 2012

Author of symphysiotomy report “anxious” to meet survivors

Oonagh Walsh, who is seeking consultation on her draft report on symphysiotomy, said that she is “very anxious to meet with survivors”.

# symphysiotomy - Tuesday 19 June, 2012

Column: Don’t just blame the Catholic Church for symphysiotomies – blame the doctors

Catholic fundamentalism goes some way towards explaining the mid-set of obstetricians who performed the barbaric surgery, but it is not the entire story, writes Ruadhán Mac Aodháin.

# symphysiotomy - Friday 15 June, 2012

‘Unreserved sympathy’ for women who suffered symphysiotomies

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists described the procedure as an ‘exceptional and rare intervention’.

# symphysiotomy - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Survivors of symphysiotomy take next step in search for justice

The group of women will discuss their proposed draft bill to amend the statute of limitations in relation to the pelvic operations at an Oireachtas committee hearing today.

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