Mary’s motion to name the new National Children’s Hospital after Dr Kathleen Lynn was passed unanimously in the Seanad. The motion received cross party support and it was not opposed by the government.
Mary’s motion recognised Dr Kathleen Lynn’s contribution to women and children’s healthcare and called on the government to name the new National Children’s Hospital after Dr Kathleen Lynn. This now gives government a clear mandate to name the National Children’s Hospital after Dr Lynn.
Dr Kathleen Lynn was one of Ireland’s first female doctors and founded Ireland’s first infants hospital, St Ultan’s, in 1919. She served as the Irish Citizens Army’s Chief Medical Officer in the 1916 Rising. She championed social justice and dedicated her life to the protection of the most vulnerable in society.
The campaign has the support of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Labour, the Green Party, SIPTU, Forsa, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Helath, the Oireachtas Womens Caucaus and the National Women’s Council.
You can view Mary’s speech on the motion HERE. Below is the text of the motion.