Dáil debates

Thursday, 12 May 2022

National Maternity Hospital: Statements


1:45 pm

Photo of Duncan SmithDuncan Smith (Dublin Fingal, Labour) | Oireachtas source

There is no need for him to repeat his answers on that as we have heard them very clearly. I have doubts that this golden share model is an example of a model we will ever see used again. The Minister said it is a model he would not mind seeing used. Would he acknowledge that the golden share model, by definition, enshrines that concern forever? The women of Ireland will always have that concern because the Minister had to put in this golden share model just in case these services were not delivered. That is part of the PR that has been put forward on this golden share model. I know it is an ownership model as well, but part of what the Minister said is that if the hospital is not providing the full spectrum of legal services the Minister can tell it that it has to provide these services, whatever the case may be. Does he accept that this model by definition means that the concern and worry that exist now will remain in perpetuity because of that model?


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