Kitty Holland, the Irish Times journalist who broke the story about the death of Savita Hallapanavar has defended her November 14th story after she remarked on Marc Coleman's Newstalk show over the weekend that Savita's husband Praveen "may have been a little muddled" in his telling of the story to her. After criticism from The Life Institute she described Praveen as a "credible witness".
She also told RTÉ News that "the newspaper never suggested that a termination of pregnancy might have saved Mrs Halappanavar's life."
Full story here: Journalist stands over Savita Halappanavar story - RTÉ News
Edit: Here is the interview with Holland on Coleman at Large:
Interview with her concludes just before the 9 minute mark. The 'muddled' comment is at the 5 minute mark and from about 5.20 Coleman asks about the alleged request for a termination, the following exchanges occur:
Coleman: ...to what do you attribute the disparity between Praveen's assertion that the family asked for a termination and the fact that the hospital records contain...no requests for a termination.
Holland: ...we're relying all the time on their (Praveen and his solicitor) take on what happened...I don't know, that's a huge gap and if that is the case that a termination was requested and Praveen says that there were witnesses to the requests so that will all come out in the inquiry... we don't know if requests for a termination are recorded at all...
Coleman: ...but you are absolutely satisfied despite saying that his recollection may have been muddled to a certain extent...that he did request a termination.
Holland: Oh I'm not satisfied of anything - I'm satisfied of what he told me but I await as much as anyone else the the inquiry and the findings...I can't tell for certain - I mean who knows what will come out of this inquiry, they make come back and say she came in with a disease she caught from outside the hospital before she even arrived in and that there was no request for a termination - we await with baited breath.
This is the original November 14th story: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...326575203.html