Anniversary vigils as Praveen receives Reilly invitation

Candlelit vigils to mark anniversary of Savita Halappananvar’s death

  Praveen Halappananvar: had sought meeting with Minister for Health James Reilly  since June. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Praveen Halappananvar: had sought meeting with Minister for Health James Reilly since June. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

 

Minister for Health James Reilly has extended an invitation to Praveen Halappananvar, widower of Savita Halappanavar (31), to meet him.

Mr Halappanavar had been seeking the meeting since June, when the Minister referred the report of the HSE investigation into her death to the Irish Medical Council and the Irish Nursing and Midwifery Board.

Gerard O’Donnell, solicitor for Mr Halappananvar said: “I have communicated the invitation to my client and he will come back to me with suitable possible dates. We are still anxious to know to what purpose he referred the reports to the Medical Council and Nursing Board, whether he has heard back from them and what he intends to do.”

Today is the first anniversary of Ms Halappanavar’s death at Galway University Hospital. She died of septic shock, having contracted an infection during a prolonged miscarriage.

There will be candle-lit vigils in Dublin, Cork and Galway this evening to mark the anniversary.

The Dublin vigil will take place at the gates of St Stephen’s Green at the top of Grafton Street at 6pm, the Galway vigil will be at Eyre Square, also at 6pm, and the Cork vigil will be at the Opera House at 7pm.