Tánaiste: families affected by incineration of babies organs at CUMH will be given a report into the scandal in the “coming weeks”
Speaking in the Dáil earlier today, Leo Varadkar expressed his deepest sympathy to the families who lost a child and then had the “devastating experience of learning their children’s organs were disposed of without their consent.”
Minister Varadkar also said the Human Tissues Bill- which requires consent for any activities involving human organs and tissues- will be brought to Government for approval at the end of the month.
Earlier this week, families involved told RedFM News that they will not be given a copy of the draft report to allow them to give feedback before the final report is published, after initially being told that they would be.
Leo Varadkar says it’s hard to fathom what families have been through:
“I just want to once again express my deep sympathy to the families in Cork who have experienced the tragedy of losing a child and then had the devastating experience of learning that the organs of their child were disposed of without consent- that was wrong. It’s hard to fathom the hurt that this incident must have caused the families affected. It is an extremely distressing situation that should not have occurred, and it’s only added to their distress and grief. While it’s not appropriate for me to comment on individual cases, I want to recognise the families affected for sharing their deeply personal stories, so that other families don’t have to go through what they experienced.”