The Minister for Health has said an independent review will be carried out into the deaths of a mother and her newborn son at a Cork hospital this week.
Marie Downey and her son Darragh were found on the floor of her room at Cork University Maternity Hospital just before 8am on Monday by medical staff on their ward rounds.
Ms Downey was dead when she was found.
The incident is being treated as a tragic accident.
The baby boy died on Tuesday evening. A post-mortem examination is due to take place in Dublin today.
Simon Harris has expressed his sympathies to their family, describing what happened as an “extraordinary tragedy”.
Mr Harris said: “It would certainly not be enough that a hospital or a hospital group would examine this matter.”
He said an automatic independent review carried out under the women and infants health programme will take place.