Renewed call for separation of church & state

The Minister of State for Disability says the new national maternity hospital needs to be free from religious influence.

It’s after the Health Minister last night said that the Sisters of Charity – on whose land it’s to be built – would not be running the facility.

Campaigners are concerned that the presence of nuns or their representatives on the board could influence medical decisions.

Finian McGrath says while we desperately need the hospital to be built, there needs to be a separation of church and state.