The chairperson of the Irish Thalidomide Association says the Government should issue an apology to survivors.
John Stack, who is from Tarbert, is Ireland’s youngest Thalidomide survivor; he believes the state should follow the example of the Australian government and issue an apology.
Thalidomide was a morning sickness drug developed in the 1950s; in November 1961 - it was withdrawn from the international market, as it caused catastrophic birth defects.
However, Irish authorities didn't act until a further seven months later meaning that the drug was still available to buy here.
Mr Stack says talks over compensation which were held in June, need to resume; while he believes barriers in the HSE preventing survivors from accessing care, need to be removed as well.