Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution

The resolutions of the Dáil and Seanad of July 2016, provided that the Citizens Assembly would first make a Report and recommendations on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution to the Houses of the Oireachtas. On receipt of the Report by the Houses of the Oireachtas it would be referred for consideration to a Joint Committee of both Houses. In due course the Joint Committee will bring its conclusions to the Houses of the Oireachtas for debate. The Joint Committee is required to report its conclusions and recommendations to both Houses of the Oireachtas within three months of its first public meeting.

What's on this week

Week Commencing Monday 23rd of October

The Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution will be holding the following Meetings

Public Session on Wednesday 25th October

Commencing at 1.30 p.m. in Committee Room 3, LH2000, the Committee will address Risks to Mental Health with Dr. Veronica O’Keane, Professor of Psychiatry, TCD; Termination arising from rape with Mr. Tom O’Malley S.C., Senior Lecturer in Law, NUIG; Ms. Noeline Blackwell,  Chief Executive Officer, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre; Dr. Maeve Eogan, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Rotunda Hospital; and Termination in cases of Foetal Abnormality with Ms. Liz McDermott, One Day More, Mr. Gerry Edwards, Chair, Termination for Medical Reasons Ireland and Claire Cullen-Delsol, Termination for Medical Reasons Ireland.

The transcripts for Meetings already held by the Committee are available here and the Opening Statements made by the witnesses appearing before the Committee are available here. ‌

Note Committee meetings held in Public Session can be watched live online and are often televised live on the Oireachtas TV channel, which is available on Virgin Media 207 and Sky 574. Meetings can also be viewed on the Houses of the Oireachtas Smartphone App which is available to download free of charge in iTunes and Google Play.

News from the Committee

17 October 17
Justice & Equality Committee to discuss Judicial Appointments Commission Bill

3 October 17
Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution to consider human rights issues

26 September 17
Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution to address constitutional issues

19 September 17
Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution to hear from Justice Mary Laffoy

12 July 17
Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution agrees work plan to consider the Report & Recommendations of the Report of the Citizens Assembly

29 June 17
Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution receives Citizens' Assembly report

21 June 17
Senator Catherine Noone elected Chair of Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution

 

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