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Legal option for symphysiotomy victims must be opened – Ó Caoláin

24 July, 2013 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Responding to the announcement by Health Minister James Reilly that he is to meet next week with the groups representing the victims of symphysiotomy to seek further information from them in advance of his making a decision, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

“Health Minister James Reilly must ensure that those victims of symphysiotomy who wish to follow the legal route to redress can do so if that is their choice.

“He and his government colleagues have allowed the Dáil to go into recess without progressing the Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill which passed at Second Stage and which would open the legal route for those who choose to take it.

“By failing to allow its advance to committee and remaining stages the minister has again left these women in limbo. We await what emerges from next week’s meetings but nothing less than justice for symphysiotomy victims will be acceptable.” ENDS

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