Calls for a public inquiry into the deaths of residents who died from Covid-19 at a Cork nursing home

Kathleen Thompson, mother of Christine Brohan

The families of residents who died from Covid at a nursing home in Cork are calling on the Taoiseach and Health Minister to meet them so they can tell them first-hand how difficult life has been since losing their loved ones during the third wave of Covid last year.

Christine Brohan and Pat Coyle say they won’t have peace until a public inquiry into what happened at nursing homes across the country is launched.

Jamie O’Hara spoke to Christine and Pat about their quest for answers and has this special report for RedFM News


  1. Anna Couch   On   16th February 2022 at 11:17 am

    24 people died in a very short period of time and no family got any answer. There has to be an inquiry, Carechoice must be answerable for their actions.

  2. Jeanette Coyle   On   16th February 2022 at 11:19 am

    Hopefully coverage like this will push the government in to doing what they should already be doing. People shouldn’t have to fight so hard to get the answers their loved ones deserve. Families need to be able to get on with their lives and make some kind of peace with what has happened. It’s not only affecting children and siblings of those lost, it’s also affecting their families husbands, wives, grandchildren and all extended family members. The heartbreak and betrayal people are feeling is like a constant torture which is never going to end until somebody is held accountable and answers are given for what happened in Ballynoe last year. Thanks to Red FM for covering this story again.

  3. Angela Desmond   On   16th February 2022 at 12:01 pm

    These families need justice! It is vital for the Taoiseach and the health minister to do the right thing here and meet with all of these families involved so they can express how the deaths of their loved ones has ruined their lives. There must be a public enquiry in to this!!

  4. Sudan   On   16th February 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Neil I am a listener from Dublin I was listening to your coverage of nursing homes with the very brave Christine and Pat…it’s just heartbreaking. My own beautiful mum died alone in her nursing home this week last year, she was left in her bed for 18 hours at a time neglected and hungry no staff to take the time to feed her. I am heartbroken and like Christine found this year very difficult. Our older population deserve so much more we need to do something now this cannot be swept under the carpet by the government, if we were talking about young children and not the older people there would be outrage countrywide. We need the Taoiseach to stand up and do the right thing.

  5. Patrick Coyle   On   16th February 2022 at 2:31 pm

    Our thanks to Lana and Jamie and all in Red FM for covering the Nursing homes story..
    Thanks for meeting with us and listening to our stories..
    Best regards,
    Christine Brohan
    and Pat Coyle..

  6. Róisín lane   On   16th February 2022 at 3:22 pm

    Ireland has endured years of secrets and lies . Don’t let this be added to our history . Give these families some answers and let them get on with their lives to some degree. These elderly people died in such awful circumstances . But don’t white wash their deaths , be open full disclosure . The government needs to learn from the past in order to give some form of reassurance to the families of future generations that they will not let this happen again . To watch your mother die through a window for two hours is beyond cruel to all involved . One of the largest deaths occurred in a Cork nursing home . How much closer to Michael Martin does it need to be ! But all of Ireland needs answers .

  7. Fin pat murphy   On   16th February 2022 at 4:20 pm

    I phoned the nursing home the day of my father died the so called manager said all the residents are dead there all gone ….. Dam right we need a full in depth inquiry on medical incompetence

  8. Marguerite   On   16th February 2022 at 4:36 pm

    I also had two relatives in that nursing home. One of them died alone even though the other family member was only a few doors away. It was THE most distressing time of our lives. We are heartbroken at the lack of treatment they received. Pretending everything was ok when it clearly wasn’t.

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