Thalidomide survivors to step up campaign after UK award

Irish Thalidomide survivors will step up their fight for compensation today, after the British government agreed to give around €22m to victims.

Thalidomide was launched in the late 1950s and given to pregnant women to treat morning sickness.

It was withdrawn after babies were born with limb deformities due to the way the drug disturbed the growth of the embryo in the womb.

The 32 Irish survivors hailed the decision in Britain as a breakthrough.

The group has been in discussions with the department of health for more two years and will outline details of their campaign later today.


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