Donegal councillor calls for bill to have automatic inquest into every maternal death

Legislation is failing Irish families according to a Donegal Councillor.

Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh has called for the new Coroner’s Bill which is passing through the Oireachtas to ensure that an automatic inquest takes place in the case of every maternal death in Ireland.

Recent figures show that of the 22 mothers who died in childbirth between 2012 and 2014 in Ireland just three inquests were carried out.

The motion was passed at this week’s meeting of Donegal County Council and follows similar motions already passed in Sligo and Clare County Councils.

The Fine Gael Councillor says it’s important that families get closure on these tragedies: