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.”