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Irish Government must step up to the mark for Thalidomide survivors

20 December, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the announcement by the British government of a £100 million package for Thalidomide survivors, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on the Irish Government to step up to the mark.

He said:

“The announcement of a £100 million compensation scheme for Thalidomide survivors by the British government stands in contrast to the unsatisfactory approach by the Irish government.

“The Fine Gael/Labour Programme for Government is committed to further compensation for victims here, yet the offer made by the government to the survivors in April 2012 was totally inadequate. Indeed it was described by the Irish Thalidomide Association as ‘derisory’.

“It is long past time for the Minister for Health James Reilly to engage realistically with the Thalidomide survivors.

“The government needs to bring forward a package that gives due acknowledgement to the victims of one of the greatest of all medical scandals and that guarantees the healthcare and personal social service needs of this limited number of people who face into later life with great uncertainty.”


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