England, Scotland and Wales ended the lifetime ban in 2011 but it has continued in Northern Ireland. A court ruled in 2013 that such a lifetime ban was irrational. The Department is appealing this decision.
Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “We have always known that the decision by Edwin Poots and Jim Wells to maintain the lifetime ban was due to a personal crusade and this information proves that there is no medical reason to support this position.
“The Minister should stop wasting public money on this court action and immediately end this lifetime ban.
“The continued legal action over the blood ban and adoption by civil partners, compromised the position of Edwin Poots and I believe that Jim Wells’ position will become untenable if he doesn’t drop this legal action.”