Two men whose wives tragically died after giving birth while under the care of Sligo Regional Hospital are to meet with Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, later today.

Sean Rowlette and Michael Kivlehan hope that measures will be put in place to improve the safety of maternity wards around the country.

Sean's wife, Sally, died in February 2013 having suffered a massive stroke while Michael's wife Dhara passed away from multiple organ failure in the same hospital two years previously.

Both women had developed a severe form of pre-eclampsia, however it was acknowledged that insufficient care, including delays in treatment, was a contributing factor in both women's deaths.

The widowers are concerned that significant changes have yet to be made to ensure the same does not happen again.

The HSE has apologised to both the Rowlette and Kivlehan families for the failures that played a role in their wives untimely deaths.

The meeting is due to take place at 4pm today and comes just a week after it was revealed six Irish maternity hospitals were failing to implement a safety system put in place following the death of Savita Halappanvar in 2012.