Analysis: From minister’s ‘gold share’ to Vatican ties, clarity sorely lacking on National Maternity Hospital deal

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FROM the “golden share” of the Minister of Health to the unknown content of a possible letter from the Vatican, the agreement concerning the new National Maternity Hospital still requires greater clarity. The Taoiseach says concerns about its independence to provide all legally authorized services are “fully addressed”, but what are the main areas of confusion?

Letter from the Vatican
We are told the state will build and own the €1billion hospital on the site of St Vincent’s campus in Dublin, leasing the land for €10 a year from St Vincent’s Healthcare Group. Its subsidiary, St Vincent’s Holdings CLG, a not-for-profit company with charitable status and hospital trusteeship, was recently transferred the shareholding of the Religious Sisters of Charity, which have now left the premises. But former master of Holles Street, Dr Peter Boylan, told the Indo Daily podcast that, far from being discretionary, the religious order needed permission from the Vatican before the transfer. He called for the release of the order’s correspondence to the Vatican and vice versa to determine possible religious conditions.

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