Senators secure re-call of the Seanad to get revision of new ‘weak’ legislation on organ donation and transplantation
The Senator from Kerry has secured more than the required 20 names to ensure that the “European Union (Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation) Regulation 2012 signed into law by a Statutory Instrument on the 27th of August will be debated within 21 days as provided for in the 1972 act.
Included among those signing the letter to the Chaothaireach are the Fianna Fail Senators, Sinn Fein Senators, and Senators Dr John Crown, Sean D. Barrett,Katherine Zappone, Mary Ann O’Brien, David Norris, Fergal Quinn, , Ronan Mullen, Fiach Mac Conghail , Jillian Van Turnhout.
Having submitted the petition this week, Senator Daly said “as the Irish Kidney Association’s nominee to the Seanad, I was greatly disappointed that no debate took place in the Dail, Seanad or the Health Committee prior to the Minister signing into law, via Statutory Instrument No 325, the first ever legislation on organ donation and transplantation. I look forward to the Minister coming before the Seanad and taking on board its concerns and recommendations as well as those of the greater organ donation and transplant community.”
The Board of the Irish Kidney Association have expressed their dissatisfaction with Ireland’s first ever primary legislation on organ donation and transplantation, which was signed into law by the Minister for Health on 27thAugust. The Board of the Irish Kidney Association unanimously passed a resolution expressing disappointment at the Department of Health’s weak response to the initiative of the ‘EU Commission’s 10 point Action Plan for Organ Donation and Transplantation’ first published in 2008.