Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Select Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2022: Committee Stage

Photo of Kathleen FunchionKathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I move amendment No. 11:

In page 9, to delete lines 25 to 38.

I will be withdrawing amendments Nos. 11 and 12. I will speak to amendments Nos. 13 to 25, inclusive. Amendment No. 13 relates to the relevant person's place of birth. I believe this is a common-sense amendment. It strengthens the legislation to include where the person was born. The name and where he or she was cared for are already included and I do not understand why it does not include where the person was born.

Amendment No. 14 seeks to add "records of any vaccine trials in which the relevant person was a research subject". We know the issue of vaccine is very important. There are many question marks around it. It is a very contentious issue at times. It is important that all information, no matter how difficult that may be, is included.

Amendment No. 15 seeks to add "the relevant person’s medical records from birth until the time of placement, including x-rays, tests, vaccines". It is important that all medical records such as X-rays are included. That is all I have to say for now. I may come back when the Minister responds.


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