Nuns will have ‘no involvement’ in new maternity hospital

Artist's impression of the new National Maternity Hospital at St Vincent's campus

The Sisters of Charity announced this morning they will give up ownership of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, including any stake in the new National Maternity Hospital.

The nuns have confirmed they will give up their stake in the group and transfer it to a new charity, simply known as St Vincent’s.

The charity will be run in the short term by a new board of directors drawn from the St Vincent’s Hospital Group, but a new independent board is to be appointed within 12 months.

The sisters have said the new charity’s board “will not be subject to undue influence by individuals or from any source”.

A statement released this morning by Sr Mary Christian, congregational leader of the order, said:

“The Religious Sisters of Charity will end our involvement in St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and will not be involved in the ownership or management of the new National Maternity Hospital.

“For the last two years we have been actively working to find the best way to relinquish our shareholding
of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG). It includes three hospitals; St Vincent’s University Hospital, St Vincent’s Private Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital, Dún Laoghaire.

“Although the Sisters of Charity no longer have any direct involvement in the provision of healthcare services we remain dedicated to preserving the legacy of Mary Aikenhead, whose mission in life was to heal and care for the sick and poor.

“We believe that the future continued success of SVHG can best be ensured by our transferring ownership of the group to a newly formed company with charitable status to be called St Vincent’s. The Religious Sisters of Charity will have no involvement in this new company.”