BREAKING: Investigation launched following death of baby at Irish hospital

Cavan General Hospital
Cavan General Hospital

The Health Service Executive has launched an investigation following the death of a newborn baby at Cavan General Hospital yesterday.

The hospital has previously been at the centre of controversy after it recorded four infant deaths in less than three years, two of which were less than two months apart.

In 2014, in the wake of the deaths of three babies within 18 months, former health minister James Reilly said he would task HIQA with examining maternity services at the hospital.

However, it is understood that no formal order was made to HIQA to investigate the unit - and no review was carried out.

In a statement the HSE expressed its sympathy to the family.

“Cavan and Monaghan Hospital management would like to offer its deepest sympathy to the family on their tragic loss and hope they will be given the privacy that they need to deal with their grief,” the statement read.