A two-part factually based drama about one young midwife’s courage in blowing the whistle on irregular obstetric practices at the hospital where she worked. This decision set in train a series of events which resulted in a full investigation, highlighting the plight of a great number of women whose lives were blighted forever.
To view the Lourdes Hospital Inquiry Report by Judge Maureen Harding Clark.
The drama is about one young midwife's courage in blowing the whistle on irregular obstetric practices at the hospital where she worked, and the consequent investigations, and was based largely on the Lourdes Hospital Inquiry Report. It was watched by an average 39% share of the viewing public at the times of broadcast.
Jane Gogan, Commissioning Editor, Drama, RTÉ Television, said: "I believe that Whistleblower is at the heart of our remit as a public service broadcaster. RTÉ has comprehensively reported on the issues that ultimately led to the Fitness To Practice Inquiry into Dr Neary through news & current affairs reports over a decade. What this drama did was to convey to a wider audience the human cost of the injustices that were exposed and the power of the individual in effecting change. That this drama, sensitive and challenging as it was, engaged the audience in such numbers is a tribute to all who worked on it and whose story it represents. I want to thank Saffron Productions for their nuanced, faithful and responsible translation of this story to drama."
Whistleblower has also been recently shortlisted for the Prix Europa 2008 in the 'TV Fiction' category. The Prix Europa is the biggest competition for television, radio and emerging media with Whistleblower one of 213 productions chosen to compete over eight separate categories, to be judged by peers within the industry. It takes place between 18 -25 October, 2008, in Potsdam and Berlin.