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Sinn Féin brand leak of expert group report on abortion "disgraceful"

The parties health spokesperson, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, called for its immediate release in light of the leak.

On right: Sinn Féin health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (file photo)
On right: Sinn Féin health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (file photo)
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

SINN FÉIN’S HEALTH spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called the leaking of the expert group report on abortion “disgraceful”.

The leak was revealed when last night’s RTÉ Prime Time disclosed a section of the report, a week before it is due to go before cabinet.

It is disgraceful that the conclusions of the expert group report are now in the media, through the Prime Time programme, after the government refused to heed calls for its publication at the time it was received last week.

In light of the leak, Ó Caoláin said that government should now publish the report immediately:

The Oireachtas has been treated with contempt by the cabinet and, unless it relents, we must wait until next week before seeing the report and addressing its conclusions. The government should end this charade and publish the report immediately.

The Department of Health could not be reached this morning to get their response to Ó Caoláin’s calls.

Referring to the fact that the section of the report as seen by Prime Time appeared to favour legislation, Ó Caoláin said that this had vindicated “the call made in the Sinn Féin motion voted down by the government on Wednesday night.”

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