Victims to challenge 'paltry' 1975 deal

New research shows that a third of Irish thalidomide victims were affected after the drug's global withdrawal, writes John Burke.

27th January, 2013

The deal between the Irish state and the children who were born with deformities caused by the drug thalidomide being prescribed for their mothers is set to come under the scrutiny of the courts.

Under the deal agreed in 1975 between the families affected by the disastrous morning sickness pill, its German maker Chemie Grünenthal and the Irish state, the victims received financial support which, they have claimed, falls far short of their needs.

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