Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

General Scheme of Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed)

9:00 am

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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I welcome the witnesses and thank them for their contributions. It has been very interesting. Since we discussed this issue previously at the initial stages, the witnesses seem to have firmed up their conclusions. Professor Madden referred to comparisons with the UK. Its legal system is different from ours. It has a different constitution which goes back centuries to the Magna Carta. We have a written Constitution which is referred to in a different way. I refer to the issues which have arisen on foot of court cases taken in the UK and elsewhere, which I referred to on the previous occasion. Is Professor Madden satisfied that the UK's model is not suitable for replication here? Would she like to comment further on that?