We have hosted several posts detailing the judgment in A, B & C v. Ireland and setting out its implications for Irish law. Labour in its manifesto (p 79) had promised to legislate for the X case. Fine Gael in its manifesto (at p. 24) had proposed establishing an all-party committee to consider the implications of the European Court judgment and to make recommendations. In its Programme for Government, the Fine Gael and Labour coalition states:
We acknowledge the recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights subsequent to the established ruling of the Irish Supreme Court on the X-case. We will establish an expert group to address this issue, drawing on appropriate medical and legal expertise with a view to making recommendations to Government on how this matter should be properly addressed.
The position on Ireland’s response to the judgment is set out at p.1 of this Department of Health briefing document. The document insists that the judgment is binding on Ireland and notes that Ireland is required to submit an action plan to the Committee of Ministers by June 16. Supervision of Ireland’s execution of the judgment will be under the new enhanced procedure for supervision of judgments (see this IHRC briefing document and here for further details). As the Examiner recently noted,the Social Inclusion Unit, which is charged with preparing the Action plan, is so resource-poor at present that it will be unable both to prepare the plan and policy proposals on Assisted Human Reproduction. A decision will have to be taken as to which of these issues is to be prioritised.