Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (530)

Billy Timmins

Question:

530. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 236 of 9 May 2013, if she will provide an update on same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30153/13]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I am advised by the HSE that six minors who were in State care were assisted in travelling abroad for abortions since 1992.

The circumstances in each case are complex and unique to the individual involved. In the interests of confidentiality and given the very low numbers involved the HSE is constrained from providing details of the individual cases. The HSE has confirmed that it acted within the legislation and in the best interests of the children involved in all cases.

In each of the six cases a psychiatrist was involved in providing an assessment of the mental health needs of the child. In four of the six cases a Court hearing was convened.