Seanad debates

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

10:30 am

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Fine Gael)
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I have received notice from Senator Jim Walsh that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to make a statement on the recent ruling of the Coroner's Court on the death of a woman and her unborn daughter (details supplied), with particular regard to the finding that, as a matter of law, the removal or separation of the non-living foetus in the course of an autopsy is a birth and her death is therefore registerable, thereby legally recognising the separate legal personality of the unborn child.

I regard the matter raised by the Senator as suitable for discussion and it will be taken now.