Following the publication of the Expert Group Report on A, B and C Versus Ireland, the Government announced before Christmas that it will introducing legislation with regulations in 2013, to finally address the 20 year old ruling of the Supreme Court in the X Case.
This would be preceded by public hearings held by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children which are taking place this week in the Senate Chamber.
The Public HearingsÂ will take place overÂ 3 days, with speakers from Medical; Legal; and Church and Advocacy groups respectively. The full list of those attending is appended at the end of this post.
As the week goes on I will be updating this post with links to the official transcript, videos of the hearings, and how to access content online. The proceedings are available to stream online (link below) or on the UPC Oireachtas channel 207.
The experimental YouTube service for the Joint Committee on Health and Children has uploaded videos for each Hearing for Tuesday and Wednesday here:
Live Coverage can be accessed here in Flash, Windows Media Player, Apple, Internet Radio and IPTV on the Page:
I understand that the Oireachtas Broadcasting Unit will make all the proceedings available as a DVD in due course for â‚¬25, and that arrangements are also being made to repeat the recorded hearings over the weekend on the UPC Channel.
Public Hearings on the Implementation of the Government Decision following the publication of the Expert Group Report into matters relating to A, B, C, vs Ireland:
Medical Hearings – Tuesday 8th January 2013
Session A: 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. [Ms Geraldine Luddy .. to open, Department of Health and Children; Ms Caroline Spillane, CEO, and Mr Kieran Murphy, President, Irish Medical Council]
Session B: 11.45 a.m. – 1.45 p.m. [Dr Rhona Mahony, Master, National Maternity Hospital; Dr Sam Coulter Smith, Master, Rotunda Hospital; and Dr Mary McCaffrey, Kerry Hospital, Tralee]
Session C: 2.45 – 4.45 p.m. [Dr Anthony McCarthy, Dr Joanne Fenton, Dr John Sheehan and Dr Maeve Doyle, College of Psychiatry Ireland; Professor Patricia Casey, Department of Adult Psychiatry, UCD; and Mater Misercordiae University Hospital; Professor Veronica O’Kane, Department. of Psychiatry, Tallaght Hospital]
Session D: 5 – 7 p.m. [Mr Niall Behan, CEO and Dr Caitriona Henchion, Irish Family Planning Association; Professor Robert F. Harrison, Chairman, Dr Meabh Ni Bhuinneain and Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe, Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; and Professor Richard Greene, Maternal Death Inquiry Ireland]
Legal Hearings – Wednesday 9th January 2013
Session A: 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. [Ms Jennifer Schweppe, University of Limerick; Ms Ciara Staunton, NUI Galway; and Dr Simon Mills, Law Library]
Session B 11.45 a.m. – 1.45 p.m. [Mr Stephen O’Hare and Mr Alan D.P. Brady, Irish Council of Civil Liberties]
Session C: 2.45 – 4.15 p.m. [Professor William Binchy, Trinity College Dublin; and Hon. Judge Catherine McGuinness (retired)
Churches and Advocacy Groups – Thursday 10th January 2013
Session A: 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. [Rev. Christopher Jones, Bishop of Elphin and Fr Timothy Bartlett, Irish Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference; The Most Rev. Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Mr Samuel Harper, Church of Ireland; Dr Trevor Morrow and Dr Roy Patton, Presbyterian Church of Ireland; Ms Heidi Good, Methodist Church of Ireland; Dr Ali Selim, Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland; Mr Michael Nugent, Atheist Ireland; and Rabbi Zalman Lent, Irish Jewish Community ]
Session B: 11.45 a.m. – 1.45 p.m. [Ms Caroline Simons and Dr Berry Kiely, Pro Life Campaign; Dr Eoghan de Faoite and Dr Sean O’Domhnaill, Youth Defence; Mr Patrick Carr and Mr David Manley, Family and Life; and Ms Breda O’Brien and Ms. Maria Steen, Iona Institute]
Session C: 2.45 – 4.45 p.m. [Ms Jacinta Fay and Ms Denise Ryan, Choice Ireland; Ms Orla O’Connor, Director and Ms Jacqueline Healy, National Womens Council of Ireland; Ms Ailbhe Smyth and Ms Therese Caherty, Action on X]