A cross-party group of 20 Oireachtas members has again called on the Minister for Health to include an extra 35 women in the redress scheme for the victims of former obstetrician Michael Neary.

The women were excluded from the scheme because of the age at which they suffered unnecessary hysterectomies at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

The group of politicians called on Minister Mary Harney to 'bring closure to the pain and anguish of the women involved and their families'.

They said that the continuing denial of their right to redress 'adds further pain to the agony already suffered by these profoundly damaged women'.

'It is now long past time that the State faced up to its responsibilities to all the victims of Michael Neary and to bring this sorry saga to a close,' they added.

The group is made up of 11 Government supporters and nine Opposition TDs and Senators.

They represent the constituencies of Cavan-Monaghan, Louth, Meath East and West and Dublin North.