Press Release

Conclusion of Council of Europe supervision of A, B, and C Case welcomed by Department of Health

The Department of Health has welcomed the conclusion by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe of its supervision of Ireland’s implementation of the judgement in A, B and C v Ireland. The decision to close the case was taken by the Committee at its meeting on 4th December 2014 following the submission of a number of action plans by the State on the progress of the implemetation of the 2010 judgement of the European Court of Human Rights.

The Committee of Ministers reviewed the action plans to address the judgement, submitted by the State between June 2011 and October 2014, and satisfied itself that the Irish Government had given effect to the ruling by introducing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, the related regulations and guidance document. The case is now closed.


Further Information

In its judgement of 16th December 2010, the European Court of Human Rights found that in the case of the third applicant, Ms C, Ireland had failed to respect the applicant’s private life contrary to Article 8 of the Convention of Human Rights. The violation in this case was “the absence of any implementing legislative or regulatory regime providing an accessible and effective procedure by which the third applicant could have established where she qualified for a lawful abortion in Ireland in accordance with Article 40.3.3. of the Constitution”.