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Public consultation on access to contraception – have your say!

From: Department of Health
Open for submissions from: 9 July 2019, 12:21
Closed on: 5 August 2019, 00:00

The Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution has recommended:

“The introduction of a scheme for the provision of the most effective method of contraception, free of charge and having regard to personal circumstances, to all people who wish to avail of them within the State.”

The Working Group on Access to Contraception was set up in 2019 to decide how best to implement this recommendation. The Working Group is made up of officials from the Department of Health. Its work involves:

  • doing research and gathering evidence
  • considering legal and regulatory issues
  • consulting stakeholders like you

The Working Group are asking stakeholders and members of the public to share their views on this issue by filling in the consultation questionnaire. Everyone is welcome to take part.

How you can take part

You can download a background note about this public consultation.

You can take part by filling in the consultation questionnaire.

If you would like to fill in a paper version, you can download the consultation questionnaire.

Please post your paper submission to:

Public Consultation on Access to Contraception c/o Research Services and Policy Unit
Address: 6th Floor, Block 1, Miesian Plaza, 50-58 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, D02 XW14

Closing date

The public consultation is open until midnight, Monday 5th August 2019.

It will not be possible to access the online questionnaire after this time. Submissions that are received after this date may not be included in the final report.

Consultation report

The Working group will publish a report containing an analysis of submissions made to this public consultation.

How we will use the information that you share

The information and views that you share will help to inform how the recommendation on access to contraception will be implemented. We will treat your information in line with data protection laws and policies when we are analysing and publishing the results of this consultation. Overall results that are given by individuals will be anonymous, that is, it will not be possible for you to be identified in the final report. All personal data will be securely stored. If you want more information on how your data is used see the Data Protection Act 2018.

Please note people can request to see the submissions we receive under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 so we may have to release submissions in response to an FOI request. This is more likely to happen for submissions from organisations. This means that they might get your answers to the questionnaire, however you don’t have to write your name on the questionnaire if you don’t want to.

You can contact the Department of Health if you have any questions about this public consultation: email: researchserviceunit@health.gov.ie or call (01) 635 4000 and ask for the Research Services and Policy Unit.