by Michelle Martin


The distraught widow of a Navan man who died in a nursing home, during the ongoing pandemic, gave a heartbreaking account of her husband’s final hours, to RTE radio earlier today.

Ultan Meehan was admitted to Connolly hospital Blanchardstown after his wife was concerned for his condition while under the care of Kilbrew nursing home in Ashbourne.

He died two months later and his widow has just received details outlining her husband’s condition upon his admittance. The Navan resident described her outrage in an Irish Times letter to the editor.

In it she said “Having just received his medical notes and viewed video footage of him at the time of his admission to hospital, I am more than sickened”.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, this morning, Mary Bartley Meehan described what she saw.

“A large cluster of maggots were clearly visible crawling around my husband’s wound. It was absolutely horrendous”.

She added that due to her late husband’s dementia and cancer, he wasn’t aware of what was happening. Mary was told by Ultan’s carer that it was ‘the way the cancer presented’.

Recalling the time when Ultan was alive, Mary described the ‘foul’ smell of the wound. She told Morning Ireland that she had to cut his fingernails herself because they were ‘long and black’.

Mary is now looking for a full independent review or investigation of what happened to her husband while in the care of the nursing home.

TD for Meath East Darren O’Rourke showed his support for Mary on Twitter today. O’Rourke called out the HSE, HIQA and Minister for health Stephen Donnelly, asking why they won’t grant the investigation.