Thursday, 11 April 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Declan Breathnach (Louth, Fianna Fail)
Promised legislation is due before the House on in vitrofertilisation and assisted human reproduction availability. We all know that at present, private patients who can afford it can avail of services. One in four couples in this country struggle to have children and the cost of treatment is excessive and prohibitive for many. I am well aware that income tax relief can be claimed for this treatment. However, in the interim a commitment was given by both the Minister and the Taoiseach that money would be set aside to help childless couples in particular to avail of the services. This was promised in the first quarter of 2019. When will that service be available to those anxious couples?