Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said the free contraception being offered to 17-25-year-olds as part of Budget 2022 “is just the start”.
Donnelly said the measure, which will cost €28 million for next year alone, won’t kick in until next August, as a “considerable amount of work” has to be done before such a measure can take effect.
The contraceptive pill will be free for women in the 17-25 age cohort.
Two GP consultations regarding contraception per year will also be made free for women in this age group.
Donnelly confirmed the news that rolling out free contraception for 17-25-year-olds is just the start.
“I intend rolling this out much more broadly, but we have to start somewhere,” he said.
“So we’re starting where the reports say the need is greatest… but I fully intend in rolling this out wider,” he continued.
“I’m reliably informed by people who’ve been in politics a lot longer than me that it would have been unthinkable to do in the past, so it’s a really, really positive measure.”