Monthly Archives: April 2013

Together with Students from Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, I gave our petition to Minister Reilly’s staff in the Department of Health today. I will continue to work to keep our ambulance service.

Senator Daly with Students from Pobail Scoil Inbhear Sceine at Dept of Health

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April 26, 2013 · 3:14 pm

Waiting with the Students from Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine in the Department of Health to give Minister Reilly’s staff our petition to save our ambulance service

Senator Mark Daly and Students from Pobail Scoil

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April 26, 2013 · 2:47 pm

Senator Daly speaks about the need for review of organ donation and transplantation legislation

I have been observing this debate for six years and have come to the conclusion it is a fundamental failure of the political process. No amount of money will make any difference to our organ donation system until we have the correct procedures and structures in place. I was in the Seanad when Senator Feargal Quinn introduced his presumed consent legislation, which was hotly debated. When one reads the headline, it might make sense. However, when one delves down into the matter, it is clear it does not work unless there are systems behind it and co-ordinators who would meet the families in question to ask them to consider donation. A process is needed, but we do not have one in place.

In the public consultation process on the matter in 2009, 23 out of 30 organisations involved stated that presumed consent is not the way to go. I believe we are now going to have another public consultation. There is nothing like having another report on what we already have been told. Having a report and pretending there is action does not deal with the problem.

In 2012, the EU directive on organ transplantation was implemented in Ireland. Many of the delegation were in Dublin Castle when we had what I can only describe as a box-ticking exercise. It involved officials from the HSE discussing a directive, a draft of which was not available to anybody in advance of the meeting, which meant we were all talking in generalities. After having made my contribution at this meeting, I found it amazing that the directive was not put before the Dáil, the Seanad or the health committee but was signed in on the last possible day, 28 August 2012, by the Minister. That was a failure of process. It was a significant opportunity missed.

Our first organ transplantation legislation in the State was itself a failure of process. Here we are now talking about presumed consent, which would not make a blind bit of difference if we brought the legislation in tomorrow morning because there would be nothing underneath it to support it. There would be no system to ensure people could talk to families about organ donation. We could have a required request system, which would be more effective. Again, however, unless one has the structures in place, it cannot work. It is a failure of our process that our first organ transplantation legislation in the State was introduced last year but no legislator had any input into it and the concerns of the delegation were not taken on board.

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‘No time left’ to fix GPO for 1916 tribute: ‘It’s Fianna Fáil’s belief that 1916 should be the centre of the decade of commemorations, but no money has been allocated for a GPO project.’

Sunday Times – ‘No time left’ to fix GPO for 1916 tribute

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In the Seanad this week I asked for a debate with the Minister for Foreign Affairs to ensure that the 50,000 Undocumented Irish in the United States are considered in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill published this week in the US Senate

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