Governments Position in relation to the Medical Treatment Bill 2012

Thank you for taking the time to contact me or consult my website in relation to this matter.

As committed to in the Programme for Government, an Expert Group, drawing on appropriate medical and legal expertise, was established in January to study the judgment by the European Court of Human Rights on the ABC Vs. Ireland case.

The Expert Group represents an important part of the Action Plan submitted by the Government to the Council of Europe regarding the judgement. The Group, chaired by Mr Justice Sean Ryan, was requested to report to government within six months. The Government believes that this is the appropriate forum in which to examine this complex and sensitive matter.

When the Group has presented its options to government later this year, a decision by government will be taken on the matter.
It is because of the ongoing work of the Expert Group that the Government opposed the Bill before the House in Private Members Time recently.