Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution

This Oireachtas Committee made up of Dáil and Seanad members was established to consider the report and recommendations of the Citizens Assembly and report to the Dáil within a 3 month time period. National and international experts from medical and legal fields among others were called to give evidence to the committee. Full details about the committee including all opening statements and transcripts are available on the committee website.

Ms Christina Zampas, International Human Rights Lawyer & Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Fellow

Wednesday 4 October 2017

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Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner, IHREC (Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission)

Wednesday 4 October 2017

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Prof. Siobhan Mullaly, IHREC (Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission)

Wednesday 4 October 2017

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Prof. Fergal Malone, Master of the Rotunda

Wednesday 11 October 2017

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Dr. Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital

Wednesday 11 October 2017

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Dr. Ronald Johnson, World Health Organisation

Wednesday 11 October 2017

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Dr. Abigail Aiken, Assistant Professor at LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas

Wednesday 11 October 2017

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Dr. Brendan O’Shea & Dr. Karena Hanley, Irish College of General Practitioners

Thursday 12 October 2017

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Dr. Peter Boylan, Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Wednesday 18 October 2017

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Dr. Veronica O’Keane, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry TCD & Consultant Psychiatrist Tallaght Hospital

Wednesday 25 October 2017

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TFMR – Gerry Edwards discusses Terminations in Cases of Fatal Foetal Abnormality

Wednesday 25 October 2017

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TFMR – Claire Cullen Delsol discusses Terminations in Cases of Fatal Foetal Abnormality

Wednesday 25 October 2017

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Dr. Anthony McCarthy, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, National Maternity Hospital

Wednesday 8 November 2017

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Ms. Leah Hoctor, Centre For Reproductive Rights

Wednesday 8 November 2017

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Illustrative Chart – Grounds for Legal Abortion in 46 European Countries

Dr. Gilda Sedgh, Principal Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute

Wednesday 8 November 2017

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Dr. Ruth Fletcher, Senior Lecturer in Medical Law, Queen Mary University London

Wednesday 8 November 2017

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Ms. Caitriona Henchion, Medical Director, Irish Family Planning Association

Wednesday 15 November 2017

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Ms Janice Donlon, HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme

Wednesday 15 November 2017

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Dr. Patricia Lohr, Medical Director BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service)

Wednesday 22 November 2017

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Prof. Eva Pajkrt, Professor of Obstetrics, University of Amsterdam

Wednesday 22 November 2017

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Prof. Sjef Gevers, Emeritus Professor of Health Law, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam

Wednesday 22 November 2017

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