Seanad to be recalled to debate EU Organ Transplantation Leglislation following petition led by Senator Mark Daly

Senators secure re-call of the Seanad to get revision of new ‘weak’ legislation on organ donation and transplantation

Fianna Fail Senator Mark Daly has secured the signatures of over 20 Senators that will exercise for the first time a provision of the 1972 European Communities Act, requiring the Minister for Health to bring to the house the recently signed Directive on Organ Transplantation. Never before has the Seanad utilised it power in this way, the re-call of the Seanad can be achieved with just 20 signatures sent to the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, Paddy Burke.
Senator Daly has said “For the first time in the history of the state a government legislated for Organ transplantation and they did not do it properly, it is a missed opportunity and the Seanad is determined to rectify the Minsters mistake”.

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.
 
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