Nuns consented to plans with ‘reproductive clinic’

Irish Independent

Eilish O’Regan
April 29 2017

The Sisters of Charity gave consent to the planning application for the new national maternity hospital which includes accommodation for fertility services.

Documents seen by the Irish Independent show Vicar General Sr Patricia Lenihan wrote to the HSE on behalf of Sr Mary Christian (Superior General) of the religious order in late February saying the order was giving consent to the application.

The application to build the €300m maternity hospital at the St Vincent’s campus includes 244 beds, each with a private room, and five operating theatres.

On the first floor it will have a “reproductive medicine facility”, which will allow for fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

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