A bereaved daughter has launched legal action against the HSE and a nursing home over the death of her 89-year-old mother from COVID-19.

Linda Maples’ mother Florence O’Shaughnessy was one of around 23 residents to die at Tara Winthrop Nursing Home on Swords, north County Dublin (pictured) during the pandemic.

Ms Maples said those running the homes should “hang their heads in shame”.

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Commenting on the death of her mother, Ms Maples told the Irish Examiner: “She was in hospital a few months before she died and she was given, in effect, a clean bill of health.

“By the time she returned to the nursing home, she was fit and healthy.

“It is simply not enough to say there was a COVID outbreak and that is that.

“I want to know exactly what the home did, I want to know what the HSE did and I want someone to be held accountable for what happened.”

Ms Maples’ legal action is one of a number of cases being launched against nursing homes and the HSE. The cases include action against CareChoice Ballynore Nursing Home in Co Cork.

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