Some applicants may be allowed an extra month to apply, if the assessor, retired High Court judge Maureen Harding Clark agrees “exceptional circumstances” are involved. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The vast majority of women who had symphysiotomies have applied for payments under the Government’s redress scheme.Over 360 applications had been rec(...)

Maureen Harding Clark: aims to give as much in payments as possible to as many women as possible. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The vast majority of women who underwent a symphysiotomy are likely to receive an award of €100,000 under the terms of the Government’s redress schem(...)

 Hazel O’Kelly,  with photographs of her father  Patrick, who  died in Mid-western Regional Hospital, Limerick,  in November 2005. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

Hazel O’Kelly came home on October 28th, 2005 to find her father Patrick, a 61-year-old security guard, distressed, incoherent and vomiting.“He was ne(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly suggested appointing a judge who could mediate between the women who had symphysiotomies and the hospitals. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Demands by women who had symphysiotomies have met “a brick wall wrapped in cotton wool” during a meeting with Minister for Health James Reilly, a g(...)

Women taking part in a public demonstration held by the group Survivors of Symphysiotomy outside Leinster Houselast month. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Women who underwent symphysiotomies by having their pelvises unnecessarily broken during childbirth should be paid damages of up to €450,000, accordin(...)