Tuesday, July 26, 2022


Letters to the Editor… your voice, your view


Dear Editor,


THE release of the abortion statistics for 2021 revealed that approximately 6,700 abortions took place based on the number of claims paid out. Meanwhile, 4,577 was returned as the official figure, with the Department of Health acknowledging that this is inaccurate and blames the HSE cyber-attack coupled with the impact of Covid-19.

Unfortunately, we are now assessing the impact of what has become a national tragedy with half-baked data and information, which raises questions about the competence of the Department of Health’s data collection policies.

6,700 abortions is the highest on record and regardless of their views on abortion itself, no one of reasonable thinking would see this as a good thing. So why is it that the ’rarity’ we were promised at referendum time, is not happening? What supports have been put in place by government to make this a reality?

The most obvious suggestion is that this is something that falls under the auspices of the HSE’s MyOptions phone line.

The latest statistics, showing that Ireland’s abortion rate has increased to a staggering new high, should be enough to warrant a major review of why this is. The current three year review being conducted by government makes no attempt to address any of this.


Yours etc,

David Cooney,



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