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Senator Mark Daly
Seanadóir Marcus O’Dalaigh
Senator Mark Daly commenting on the case in which an elderly walker fell and subsequently had to wait two hours for an ambulance to arrive has described the incident as ‘deeply upsetting, avoidable and utterly unacceptable’
Pensioner John Williams (70) sadly passed away on the 1st of October 2013 as a result of injuries suffered during a fall on Clogher Beach, on the Dingle Peninsula, Kerry. Tragically, Mr Williams suffered spinal injuries after he lost balance whilst walking on a path and configuration of rough rocks the 24th of July 2013. An inquest, initiated in February 2015, is being held into the incident and recently highlighted the duration Mr Williams had to wait before being attended to an ambulance.
Senator Mark Daly has previously highlighted the under resourced nature of the ambulance service in Kerry. The government in recent cutbacks have withdrawn two ambulances from the Killarney area. Subsequently, the situation has deteriorated to the point whereby ambulances from Tralee, Dingle, Kenmare, Caherciveen, and Listowel are now expected to cover a wider geographic area. Senator Daly points out that ‘Response times have increased to the point that in many cases they are three times greater than the guidelines outlined by the HSE themselves’.
Senator Daly further highlighted the need for ‘These essential services to be restored thereby reducing the patient wait time and increasing the chances of survival for anyone in a critical condition awaiting transportation to hospital’.
In relation to the case of Mr Willliams who suffered irreparable spinal injuries, Senator Daly has outlined that the waiting time of two hours was ‘unsatisfactory and a direct consequence of the governments cut-backs in the Kerry ambulance service’.
Senator Mark Daly will force the vote if the government does not support his motion at this weeks Foreign Affairs meeting calling for the Egyptian President to release Ibrahim Halawa, an Irish/Egyptian national, a juvenile of 17 at the time of his arrest. The motion also calls on the Egyptian government to respect its international obligations under The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Ibrahim Halawa two sisters will attend the Foreign Affairs committee meeting at 2.30 on Wednesday for the motion and to hear from a Human rights expert about the ongoing Crisis in Egypt.
‘Talk is cheap’ said Senator Daly ‘and visits by Irish officials to the prisons is activity masquerading as action, what this Irish citizen needs is government intervention and action.
Other countries have managed to get their citizens released after government intervention including Australia”
The governments lacks urgency, recently it has been the case that Foreign Defendants are eligible for deportation to their home countries why has our government failed to not pursue this route? Amnesty international report into the Halawa case has shown he is innocent of all charges and should be released ‘ said Senator Daly who is the Fianna Fail Spokesperson for the Irish Overseas and the Diaspora
Senator Dalys motion reads as follows
That this committee calls on the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to release with immediate and unconditional effect Mr. Ibrahim HALAWA, an Egyptian/Irish national, a juvenile of 17
years at time of arrest, who has been held in detention in Cairo since August 17 2013. The motion also calls on the Egyptian government to respect its international obligations under The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Senator Mark Daly (centre) with members of the Irish Kidney Association Mark Murphy (left) Colin White, Gwen O’Donoghue, and Valerie Brady on the Plinth at the Dail after the recalled Seanad debate on organ donation. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times
Senator Mark Daly has said the Government are misleading the Public that they have never circulated Attorney General’s advice.
In August 2013 when Senator Daly recalled the Seanad from its summer recess to debate the flawed EU Directive on Organ Donation the Attorney General’s advise was circulated.
The advice circulated was legally and factually wrong.
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly said that the government cuts to the Kerry Ambulance service will result in ‘Death by Geography’ in the county because there are not enough ambulances to cover the large rural area. The most recent case was of a man who was coughing up blood but had to wait 55 minutes for an ambulance to arrive
Senator Mark Daly have revealed a HSE report which shows that every day in Kerry a critically ill patent could be waiting up to an hour for an ambulance. The response time uncovered by Senator Daly have been backed by the HSE commissioned report revealing ‘shocking facts that in some emergency cases in the county it will take 3 times as long to reach the patient as the recommended target set by the HSE themselves.’
The report commissioned by the HSE blames Ireland’s “high rurality” for not reaching the target times set by the HSE however, Senator Daly commented ‘The government is to blame for cutting the 2 emergency Ambulances that cover the Killarney area which in turn is taking emergency ambulances from Tralee, Dingle, Kenmare, Caherciveen and Listowel. The decision to remove the 2 emergency ambulances is resulting in people dying unnecessarily in Kerry, it also means that those who have strokes and heart attacks are not getting treatment immediately, therefore stay longer in hospitals and need more help in recovery and more care in the long term which is costing more in the long run. The emergency ambulances must be returned to Kerry immediately, at the moment the HSE is playing Russia roulette with the lives of people in Kerry.
Senator Mark Daly stated “People have a right to expect that they will receive a safe and timely response in the event of life-threatening emergencies. To have a man waiting nearly an hour for an ambulance while coughing up blood is unacceptable, fortunately the delay on this occasion was not fatal ”
The Kenmare Easter Gathering took place on the 30th-31st of March. A plaque was unveiled in Kenmare commemorating those who lost their lives in the War of Independence and the Headford Ambush. The event attracted close to 500 people.
The Brosnan Clan Gathering Castleisland took place from July 25th to July 28th. The festival strove to celebrate the journey of the East Kerry diaspora and the Brosnan Clan Gathering was its centerpiece. Brosnans from New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Dubai, USA, Canada, Germany and the UK, travelled to Castleisland for a packed four day programme.
I received the following Certificate from President Michael D. Higgins for the Kenmare Easter Week Gathering: