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Why was dead mum's body fractured?

By Clare Weir

Published 18/04/2008

The family of a Strabane pensioner whose body suffered over 30 fractures after her death today vowed to fight on after the Health Minister ruled out holding a public inquiry.

Mother-of-eight Maureen McGinley died at Altnagelvin Hospital in January 2007, and between her death and the coroner's examination - which took place in Belfast - her body sustained numerous fractures, mostly to her rib cage.

Her family - backed by 14,000 signatures on a petition - are determined to find answers and to lobby for a full public inquiry.

Internal inquiries failed to establish who or what was responsible.

Health Minister Michael McGimpsey said yesterday he has decided not to hold a public inquiry into what happened to the body.

He has written to his Stormont scrutiny committee to inform them he is not minded to launch an investigation.

Mrs McGinley's daughter Tina today said that the family are "disgusted" at the news.

West Tyrone MLA and doctor Kieran Deeny, who is on the health committee, is one of those in a chorus of protest against Mr McGimpsey's decision.

Members have agreed to write to Mr McGimpsey to urge him to reconsider and added that they will raise the matter on the floor of the Assembly if the minister refuses.

Martin McGinley, another of her children, said: "We are in a dark tunnel, and if it takes 20 years to get some light in that tunnel, then so be it."

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