I propose to take Questions Nos. 82, 589 and 596 together.
My Department commissioned an independent research report in relation to the practice of symphysiotomy in Ireland in June 2011. The research process comprised of two stages. The first stage was an independent draft academic research report, which was based on an analysis of published medical reports and research and was made available in June 2012. The second stage involved a public consultation process on the draft report involving patient groups, health professionals and in particular the women who have experienced symphysiotomy. This consultation process took place in the second half of 2012. This second stage has been completed by the researcher. The draft report was peer reviewed and the final report was submitted to my Department at the end of May 2013.
I am at present considering the report and I intend to brief the Government shortly on its content before publication. I also intend to meet with representatives from the symphysiotomy support groups prior to the release of the report.
The total cost of commissioning this report is €39,500 of which €27,500 has been paid to the researcher to date. No Steering Group was established in relation to this independent research report.