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NI gay blood ban 'was irrational', judge rules

11 October 2013 Last updated at 20:41 BST

The Stormont health minister's decision to impose a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood was irrational, a High Court judge has ruled.

The judge also found that Edwin Poots breached the ministerial code by failing to take the issue before the Stormont Executive.

The verdict followed a challenge brought by a gay man over the minister's decision to maintain the ban after it was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales.

Kevin Sharkey reports.

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