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Experts chosen to speak at hearing

THE Oireachtas Health Committee hearings on the heads of the abortion bill will hear from legal, medical and regulatory experts over three days of evidence next week.

The hearings will take place in the Seanad chamber on Friday, May 17, May 20 and May 21.

A draft list, seen by the Irish Independent, proposes that the first day will have four sessions.

The first session is slated to focus on a policy overview of the heads of the bill.

The second session will focus on regulatory and representative bodies while session three will hear from representatives of obstetric care facilities in large hospitals.

The final session that day is set to hear from representatives of obstetric care facilities in smaller hospitals.

The Monday hearings will focus on psychiatry and perinatal psychiatrists, followed by medical representative groups, before looking at other issues.

The final day, Tuesday, will be dedicated to legal issues including medical and constitutional law.

The penultimate session will be on medical ethics before closing statements.

Irish Independent