Legislation to lower the minimum age at which people can buy condoms is being prepared by the Minister for Health.

Currently condoms are only available to people over the age of 18. The new legislation will make condoms available to anyone aged 16 or over, which is the legal age for marriage. Under existing legislation non-medical contraception can only be sold through chemist shops, Health Board agents and other restricted outlets. However this is about to change as the cabinet has decided to make condoms more widely available. 

The announcement of plans to drop the age limit was made by An Taoiseach Charles Haughey.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 March 1991. The reporter is Donal Kelly.