Bereaved family want report on father’s death

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Members of the Daly family protesting outside UHL

A LIMERICK family say they will continue to protest outside University Hospital Limerick until they have been given the findings of an expert report into their father’s treatment and death there.

Michael Daly died on April 7, 2010 aged just 65 and, according to a coroner’s inquest, he died of natural causes.

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His family was told that the Garryowen native died as a result of complications with an existing heart condition.

However, his widow and children have disputed that explanation.

“I went to the Gardaí and made an official complaint and there is now a Garda investigation into the circumstances of his death,”  Mike Jnr told the Limerick Post.

The Daly family are limited in what they can say due to the on-going investigation but Mike said they have explored a number of avenues in a bid to get answers to questions they have posed about their father’s death.

After meeting with a member of hospital management, it was agreed that two independent experts would draw up a report.

Mike was told that the report was concluded in the spring of last year.

“But then I was told that the solicitors for the two experts had recalled it. I can’t understand why it is still not back, even if there were corrections to be made”.

He said that the “very least we will accept is to be given a date when we can see this report”.

Until then,  he will continue to protests one day a week at the hospital along with his brother and four sisters.

“My mother is seventy years of age. She deserves answers,” he said.

A hospital spokesperson said: “UL Hospitals commissioned an external and independent review to be conducted by an expert in the field. We have impressed upon the reviewers our desire to have the review as early as possible.

“We are endeavouring to bring the matter to a conclusion, however, we do not control how the independent review team carries out its function. We are not in a position to comment further at this point”.