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Cultural male circumcision - Report of Committee 2004/2005


Department of Health (Ireland)

Subject Keywords: Circumcision
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

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Male circumcision is performed for two general reasons namely where there are medical indications or for cultural requirements. The tragic death of a male infant following a circumcision performed outside the health-care setting highlighted the need to provide recommendations for health-care providers to help prevent such circumstances arising again. The Minister for Health and Children established a group to advise on the needs, ethical recommendations and practical guidance on circumcision performed for cultural reasons. At all times, the welfare of the child was considered paramount.

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Suggested citation:

Department of Health (Ireland). (2006) Cultural male circumcision - Report of Committee 2004/2005 [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 23rd October 2019].


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