Wednesday 22 November 2017

Cabinet minister wants HSE to fast-track report on abortion case

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

A CABINET minister says he wants the HSE speed up the report into the treatment of the young woman at the centre of the latest abortion controversy.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan says there may be an argument for bringing forward the review of the abortion law, the Protection of Life in Maternity Act, 2013.

Mr Flanagan said he was not in favour of a referendum but suggested the Constitutional Convention examining the issue is an option.

He said there seemed to be a "conflict" around the woman's treatment.

"Before we do anything, it is important the facts be assembled," he said on RTE's Today with Sean O'Rourke.

The HSE was planning to complete the report by the end of September.

But Mr Flanagan says he wants it to be completed in a fortnight, so Health Minister Leo Varadkar can brief the Cabinet.

"I see no reason why we cannot have this in a couple of weeks," he said.

Mr Flanagan said he wanted to see a report on the medical treatment afforded to the woman.

"In the first instance what we need to do is assemble all of the facts," he said.

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