Friday 18 April 2014

Thalidomide victims 'should receive €123m'

Irish survivors of the thalidomide drugs scandal should receive a similar compensation package to that offered in the UK, it has been claimed.

The Irish Thalidomide Association said their counterparts in the UK were offered a £100m (€123m) compensation scheme.

Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghin O Caolain said the Fine Gael/ Labour Programme for Government promised further compensation for victims here.

Yet the offer made by the Government to the survivors in April 2012 was totally inadequate, he said.

"It is long past time for the Minister for Health James Reilly to engage realistically with the thalidomide survivors."

Some 32 Irish people are the remaining survivors of the thalidomide drug.

Irish Independent

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