Health Minister Simon Harris
Free contraceptives could soon be available throughout the Republic.
Health Minister Simon Harris is setting up a working group to examine ‘removing cost barriers’ to accessing contraception.
The move follows recommendations from the Citizens’ Assembly which contended there should be more emphasis on pregnancy prevention – and that free contraception would be of benefit to all.
Chief medical officer Tony Honohan previously told a Dáil committee that the measure would not be expensive.
One estimate is that it would cost in the region of €20 million per annum.
“One of the key recommendations of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment was to improve access to contraception. We have taken a number of steps in increasing access to condoms this year, “ Minister Harris said.
And he added: “Now I want to ensure that we complete the next big body of work in this area. This work will take a number of months to complete but it will deliver a clear pathway forward. Cost should not be a barrier to accessing contraception and I am determined to address this.”
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