A memo on looming legislation to comply with the X case ruling is to be brought to Cabinet next week.
The move came after Oireachtas health committee chairman, Jerry
Buttimer, presented the minister with a 1,000-page report containing
submissions presented to TDs and senators during three days of hearing
last month, but does not contain any specific recommendations.
Dr Reilly said the matter was a priority for the Cabinet.
“The [health] department are working very hard to expedite this.
There’s a memo going to Government next week on the policy issues that
have been raised. This body of work has helped inform us hugely on where
we progress from here.
“I want it done as quickly as
possible. I was hoping obviously that we will have something very
substantial before Easter and that remains my hope.”
said he would like the proposed legal reform that would allow
terminations when there is a substantial risk to the mother’s life,
including suicide, to be ready for the summer.
Questioned whether he would like to see the law, which he said would be
a “very, very complex piece of legislation”, in place before the July
recess, Dr Reilly said: “I think in an ideal world that’s what I’d like
to see, but I mean I can’t foresee all the difficulties and potholes
along the road between here and there.”
Some Fine Gael TDs have expressed concern about the suicide risk definitions of any legislation.