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Ó Caoláin calls for immediate Justice Committee address of Symphysiotomy Bill

26 June, 2013 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin T.D., has called on the Oireachtas Committee on Justice to facilitate the early address of the Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2013, which seeks to accommodate access to the courts for all victims of symphysiotomy who would choose that course of action. Deputy Ó Caoláin, who sponsored the Bill that has successfully passed Second Stage in the Dáil, was speaking at a protest by survivors of symphysiotomy outside the Leinster House today.

He said;

"The Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2013 passed its initial stage in the Dáil on 17th April and was subsequently referred to the Oireachtas Committee on Justice. Despite an expectation that the Committee would deal with the Bill promptly there has been no address of Committee Stage some ten weeks later.

"This legislation is of a very urgent nature. Many of the victims of this horrific procedure are very elderly. Time is, most certainly, of the essence. I am calling on the Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Minister Alan Shatter to facilitate the Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2013 now, to allow for its swift progress through Committee and Report and Final Stages, preferably before the Summer Recess, and to finally allow victims the opportunity to take their cases to the courts if they so wish."

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