Simon Mills: Constitution is failing to keep up with science
It is eight years since the report of the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction was published.
The report dealt with the issue of whether legislation was necessary in a range of areas linked to assisted human reproduction, including surrogacy. When it came to the specific subject of surrogacy, although the report was not unanimous in its conclusions (there was one dissenting opinion), it was recommended that surrogacy be permitted in Ireland subject to regulation.
It was expected that any regulation of surrogacy would take the form of legislation and associated regulations. However, since 2005 no steps have been taken to introduce legislation for any aspect of assisted human reproduction.