Press Release

Statement by Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children

The Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD, has    welcomed the decision by President McAleese to refer the new    Health Amendment (No. 2) Bill, 2004 Act to the Supreme Court.

“The process now underway will bring legal certainty to this    area, which is what we have sought to do since receiving the    opinion of the Attorney General.”

“Within the next sixty days we can expect a definitive ruling    by the Supreme Court on this matter, thereby avoiding protracted    legal challenges through different courts and the stress and    uncertainty imposed on people in public long term care,    particularly the elderly.”