The Sisters Of Charity have released a statement confirming that they will not be involved in the new national maternity hospital to be located at St. Vincent's Hospital in Dublin.
News announced in April that ownership would be given to the religious order was met with a large amount of uproar.
In a statement released today, Sr Mary Christian, the Congregational Leader of the Religious Sisters of Charity said:
“For the last two years we have been actively working to find the best way to relinquish our shareholding of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG). It includes three hospitals; St. Vincent’s University Hospital, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire.
“Although the Sisters of Charity no longer have any direct involvement in the provision of healthcare services we remain dedicated to preserving the legacy of Mary Aikenhead, whose mission in life was to heal and care for the sick and poor.
"We believe that the future continued success of SVHG can best be ensured by our transferring ownership of the group to a newly formed company with charitable status to be called “St. Vincent’s”.
"The Religious Sisters of Charity will have no involvement in this new company."