Press Release

Minister Martin welcomes participation announcement of Parents for Justice

Mr Micheál Martin, TD, Minister for Health and Children, today (28 September 2000) welcomed the announcement by Parents for Justice that they will participate in the Inquiry into post mortems/organ retention.

“I am keenly aware of the considerable trauma and sorrow which has been revisited on parents and next of kin affected by this issue” said the Minister.

“I fully recognise that all of these affected are anxious that the inquiry, which will allow for the full facts to emerge, should continue. I welcome the decision for Parents for Justice that they will afford it every co-operation and assistance” he added.

At a recent meeting in his Department a number of clarifications and re-assurances were given to Parents for Justice. A mechanism has been agreed to assist parents who have been experiencing difficulties in accessing information from the hospital system. This mechanism will address this issue and underlines the Minister’s wish to ensure everything possible is done for parents and relatives in this regard.

The Minister affirmed his commitment to referring the report of the Inquiry to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children for its consideration. This Committee will have full powers of compellability of witnesses and documents and will arrive at its own decisions on such issues as public hearings and testimony, as it deems fit.