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Expert group report — Adams says Government must set out timetable for legislation

25 November, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Commenting on leaks to the media of the report of the expert group on abortion, the Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said:

“Much of the contents of the expert group due to be published next Tuesday have appeared in today’s newspapers.  

“This report should have been published and made available to members of the Oireachtas as soon as it was received by the Minister for Health.  The Government needs to explain why this was not done. 

“From what has been in the media it is clear that the expert group has a preference for primary legislation (over guidelines or regulations).  This comes as no surprise.

“There does need to be a discussion in the Oireachtas on the report but this cannot be used as an excuse to further delay the introduction of legislation.

“The Government needs to set out a timetable for progressing long overdue legislation on this issue through the Houses of the Oireachtas.”

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