Lawyers from the Irish Haemophilia Society and Department of Health are due to meet today. They are to draft legislation, which would allow haemophiliacs infected with HIV claim compensation through a tribunal established to help people with hepatitis C.

The meeting was arranged following a meeting last night between officials from the IHS and the Minister for Health, Mícheal Martin. It is hoped that legislation can be agreed so that it could be brought to the Oireachtas before the General Election.

Meanwhile, the IHS is considering a special report commissioned by the Minister into whether a tribunal of inquiry should be established to investigate the international drug firms accused of infecting most haemophiliacs here.

The report was written by Paul Gardiner, SC, and runs to more than 100 pages. With ongoing discussions between the Minister, the Society, Mr Gardiner and the Cabinet, it is not being released.