A call for a full public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 79-year-old local nursing home resident, got the full support of councillors at Meath County Council’s monthly meeting yesterday.

Ultan Meehan died in hospital on 15th June two weeks after being admitted from Kilbrew Nursing Home, with a facial wound that had become infected.

The 79 year old had dementia and terminal cancer and when he was admitted to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown at the end of May, medical staff noted that the nursing home staff was “unable to manage” a wound infestation on the side of his face.

At yesterday’s meeting of the local authority, Fine Gael Cllr. Sarah Reilly called for a full public inquiry into Mr Meehan’s treatment and death.

She said that she had hoped that his wife Mary would be on her way to receiving the answers to the questions she so richly deserved.

However, 12 weeks of calls and requests for action on behalf of the Minister for Health and the Taoiseach had lapsed.

Cllr Reilly said that, thankfully, the Health Information and Quality Authority was making enquiries,  but there was no commitment to a public inquiry and this is what was needed.

The councillor said that a public inquiry was as much in the interests of the staff of nursing homes as it was in Mrs Meehan’s, and she added that the people of Meath and further afield needed to know that allegations of neglect and negligence would be fully investigated, reported upon in a transparent manner, and penalised appropriately.