Declan Breathnach TD Louth (and East Meath)

12th April 2019

Breathnach says delays in funding and legislation to deal with IVF unacceptable

– Approved funding of €1 million for Assisted Human Reproduction cannot be subject to further delays –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach asked in the Dáil this week when the promised legislation to deal with Assisted Human Reproduction will be brought forward and when the approved funding of €1 million will be available.

“Promised legislation is due before the House on in vitro fertilisation and assisted human reproduction availability.  We all know that at present, private patients who can afford it can avail of services.

“One in four couples in this country struggle to have children and the cost of treatment is excessive and prohibitive for many.  I am well aware that income tax relief can be claimed for this treatment.  However, in the interim a commitment was given by both Minister Harris and the Taoiseach that money would be set aside to help couples to avail of the service.  This was promised in the first quarter of 2019 and while we were told that €1 million in funding was set aside for this purpose it still has not materialised.

“I was told previously in answer to a Parliamentary Question that officials in the Department were examining options in relation to the operation and administration of this fund, which includes determining the access criteria that will apply.  I was also told that once the Minister had the opportunity to review and approve these proposals, that there would be an announcement regarding the commencement of this fund for 2019.  That answer was given in January.

“Couples anxious to avail of IVF cannot be subjected to further delays and I will keep the pressure on to demand that this money becomes available immediately.

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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D.,

Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638) (T) 01 6183549 (Email)  declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie