@LunchtimeLiveNT's Andrea Gilligan seemed surprised when the incidence of autism in children presenting with gender distress came up on Thursday's programme.

Is this not well known at @Newstalk?

Regarding GIDS at the Tavistock which Irish children were referred to:

"A large number of the patients who were being prescribed with puberty blockers had autism, or had been exposed to major trauma, or had very serious family problems, Bell said."

2021: The Care Quality Commission (similar to HIQA here) rated the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) as "inadequate" at a 2020 announced inspection:

UK gender identity clinic that treated Irish children rated ‘inadequate’ – The Irish Times
New staff for National Gender Service due to rapid growth in demand – The Irish Times

2022: The interim report by Dr Hilary Cass:

New transgender guidelines no longer include age thresholds for gender-affirming surgery – The Irish Times

Autism Spectrum Disorder: "A repeat audit is ongoing and the expectation for 2022 is that figure will increase significantly and may reach as high as 90pc."