National Maternity Hospital row played out like teenager’s tiff

Inside Politics: Exchange of text messages intemperate enough to qualify as shaming

‘The most intriguing thing about the  row was that it all played out in the medium preferred by teenagers and 20 somethings - phone messaging’

‘The most intriguing thing about the row was that it all played out in the medium preferred by teenagers and 20 somethings - phone messaging’

The most intriguing thing about the huge row that erupted between the most senior figures in the National Maternity Hospital is that it was all played out in the medium preferred by teenagers and 20 somethings - phone messaging.

You would expect discourse to be civil between a former Master (Peter Boylan), the vice-chair who was until recently the president of the High Court (Nicholas Kearns), and the current Master (Rhona Mahony). Instead the exchanges were intemperate enough to almost qualify as shaming. Boylan told the other two they would sink or swim with the Minister after being misled by St Vincent’s Hospital. Kearns, in response, demanded Boylan’s resignation.

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