Abortion debate continues to rage in Ireland after Savita Halappanavar’s death

Praveen Halappanavar pictured with his wife Savita at their home in Galway

He declined to say when legislation would be produced, but emphasized that he didn’t envisage the issue “drifting along interminably.”

“I’d like to deal with it as soon as is practicable to do so,” he added.

Health Minister James Reilly repeated what he said in the Dail some months ago -- that this is an issue that he will not leave behind him as health minister. He said that this will not be the seventh government not to take action required to clarify the issue.