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Prime Time ‘reveals section of Expert Group report on abortion’

It said that its recommended options to implement the European Ruling in the case of A, B and C versus Ireland include primary legislation or guidelines.

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RTÉ’S PRIME TIME says it has seen a section of the government’s Expert Group report on how to implement the European Ruling in the case of A, B and C versus Ireland.

The show’s reporter Oonagh Smyth said tonight on Prime Time that she has see part of the report, which is due to go before cabinet next week.

She said the report has a number of options, including primary legislation; the issuing of guidelines without primary legislation; legislation alone; or legislation plus regulations.

The report is believed to be very negative towards the options that do not include legislation.

The report will be published next Tuesday and will be discussed in the Oireachtas before the Government makes its decision on the issue.

ULA TD Clare Daly and Fianna Fáil Senator Jim Walsh spoke on Prime Time about the issue.

Walsh said he was not surprised and that anything short of legislation would be problematic. He said it will depend on the shape of the legislation as to whether it would be defeated or not.

Deputy Daly said that she thinks that there would not be an issue with legislation being passed on foot of this report, adding: “We will see if the Government are going to stick to their word and provide that legislation”. Daly is to introduce a bill on legislating for the X Case as an “interim measure” next week.

- Additional reporting Christina Finn

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