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Thursday 28 September 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# free contraception

This month
September 2023
Free contraception scheme expanded to include women aged 27-30
It means women aged 17-30 can now avail of the scheme which was launched last September.
Last year
Over 700 GPs still waiting for free contraception contracts to be finalised
The scheme was opened to women aged 17 to 25 last month.
Free contraception scheme for women aged 17 to 25 begins today
The National Women’s Council has welcomed the move but said it’s ‘crucial’ that the age bracket is widened.
Free contraception for women aged 17 to 25 to be rolled out by September
President Michael D Higgins signed the measures into law today.
All time
Donnelly: Free contraception scheme for women aged 17-25 will begin in August 2022
The scheme will cost between €18m to €22m.
Roll out of free contraception expected to be given green light for Budget 2022
The roll out of free contraception is key promise in the programme for government.
No money in next year's budget for free contraception, committee heard
A recent report recommends that free contraception rollout should target young women first.
Harris announces public consultation on increasing access to contraception
A working group on the matter was established by government earlier this year.
Calls for free folic acid to be given to Irish women as minister considers it ahead of Budget
Taking folic acid every day helps prevent your unborn baby from developing serious and possibly fatal conditions.
Harris announces group to examine how to make contraception cheaper
The group will examine the extent to which cost is a barrier to accessing reliable methods of contraception in Ireland.
Working group to investigate how to roll out free contraception for Irish women
People with outside expertise will sit on the new group, with a chairperson to be appointed shortly.
Giving women free access to the pill will require a change in the law
As part of this year’s budget talks, the minister plans to increase the availability of free condoms.
Government to provide more free condoms to tackle crisis pregnancies
Consideration is also being given to the extension of the provision of the morning-after pill.
'Completely flawed': Doctors and pharmacists divided over plans for free contraception
Doctors say they’re best placed to prescribe contraception, but pharmacists say they can play a key role.
Government considering the roll-out of free contraception
Minister Harris said work to consider the costs and other implications is continuing within his department.