The Vaccine Trials Inquiry was a Division of the Investigation Committee.
Judicial Review proceedings seeking, inter alia , a declaration that the Order which established the Vaccine Trials Inquiry was ultra vires the Act of 2000, were initiated in November 2003. On 25 November, 2003, an undertaking was given to the High Court, by the Commission, that it would not conduct any hearings in relation to the matters within the ambit of the Order, until the matter was settled. The practical effect of this undertaking was that the work of the Division was suspended at that point and never re-commenced, given the subsequent decision of the Court, that the Order was ultra vires the Act.
Consequently, the material below is, effectively, for archive/historical purposes only, as and from November 2003.
The Honourable Mr Justice Sean Ryan, Chairperson of the Commission
Professor Edward Tempany, retired consultant paediatrician
Report by the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health and Children, referred to the Commission by the Minister for Health and Children on 13th November 2000, entitled
"Report on Three Clinical Trials Involving Babies and Children in Institutional Settings 1960/1961, 1970 and 1973".
The Commission invites any person who alleges that as a child in an institution between 1949 and 1987 he or she was the subject of a vaccine trial to contact the Commission before Thursday 28th March 2002 giving particular details (Please see Notice Board for Advertisement)
It is the intention that public hearings will be part of the Vaccine Trials Inquiry at a later stage.
The modus operandi of the Vaccine Trials Inquiry is as follows:
Mr Frank Clarke, Senior Counsel
Ms Roisin Lacey, Junior Counsel
Mr Brendan Reedy, Registrar
Mr. Ciaran Patton, BL, Inquiry Officer
Ms. Aine Shannon, BL, Inquiry Officer
Ms Catherine Buckley, Administration
A questionnaire, seeking further and more detailed information to further progress the investigation, issued in April 2002 to all those who contacted the Vaccine Trials Inquiry Division of the Commission prior to the closing date of 28 March 2002.
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|VACCINE TRIALS DIVISION RULING DATED 5th JUNE, 2003 in PDF : HTML||
This ruling sets out the decision of the Vaccine Trials Division of the Investigation Committee (the Division) on the following applications for legal representation heard at a procedural hearing of the Division held in public on 30th May, 2003.