Monthly Archives: July 2013

Senator Mark Daly needs 2 Senators Signatures to recall the Seanad this August on Organ Donation and Transplantation Legislation

Senator Daly with Senators signing the letter (Clockwise from Left) Professor John Crown, Senator [and FF Leader in the Seanad] Darragh O'Brien, Senator Mary O'Brien, Senator Ronan Mullen, and Senator Sean Barrett

Senator Daly with Seanad Colleagues signing the letter (Clockwise from Left) Professor John Crown, Senator [and FF Leader in the Seanad] Darragh O’Brien, Senator Mary O’Brien, Senator Ronan Mullen, and Senator Sean Barrett

Wednesday July 31st, 2013

Senator Mark Daly has secured the signatures of 18 Senators in his bid to force the Minister for Health to appear before the Seanad this August on Organ Donation and Transplantation Legislation. The 14 Fianna Fáil Senators along with Independent Senators Sean Barrett, Ronan Mullen, Doctor John Crown and Mary Anne O’Brien have signed Senator Daly’s letter. 

Senator Daly has stated he is hopeful of getting the remaining 2 signatures which would allow him to submit the letter to the Chair of the Seanad Paddy Burke next week, under the European Communities Act 1974 the Seanad must be recalled to debate a particular EU Directive if 20 senators sign a letter asking for a recall. 

Daly who is nominated by the Irish Kidney Association is seeking the recall to debate an EU Directive on Organ Donation and Transplantation signed by Minister Reilly last August. 

‘This is the worst implementation of this EU directive anywhere in Europe. There are currently over 650 people in Ireland awaiting organ transplants including heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas. There are more than 1,800 people who are receiving life sustaining dialysis in this country at a cost over 10 years of 1.2 billion euros. If we improved our organ transplant system in this country, the over 500 people waiting for kidney transplants could expect to receiving a life transforming and saving operation. The resulting saving to the taxpayer over time would be €325,000,000 million.” 

Twitter-64Be part of the Conversation! Tweet @SenatorMarkDaly to follow our progress on recalling the #Seanad to debate & amend this flawed legislation, and stay up to date on Mark’s work for Organ Donation and Transplantation in Ireland here.

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18/20: Senator Mary Ann O’Brien has become our 18th signatory to our letter to recall the Seanad from Recess this August

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Senator Mary Ann O'Brien (@maobrien) became the 18th Signatory on our letter to recall the Seanad from its August recess

Senator Mary Ann O’Brien (@maobrien) became the 18th Signatory on our letter to recall the Seanad from its August recess

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Video: Last Week, Senator Daly informed Colleagues of his intention to recall the Seanad

Last week I informed my colleagues in the Seanad that I intend to recall the House this August on flawed Organ Donation and Transplantation Legislation – for the 650 people who are awaiting Organ Transplantation in Ireland today.

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The Gathering shines new light on post Famine Irish worldwide

My good friend Tim O’Connor with a fantastic article highlighting Ireland’s Year of the Gathering, and the benefits it is having for the recollection of our past.

Article in IrishCentral July 30, 2013

An Eviction scene in Co. Clare, families left without homes after the Great Hunger - Photo sourced via Google Images

An Eviction scene in Co. Clare, families left without homes after the Great Hunger – Photo sourced via Google Images

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Transplant Games: Tony Gartland, Ireland’s first ever Liver transplant recipient, has won a well deserved Silver Medal in the 5km road race

Tony Gartland, Recipient of Ireland's first Liver Transplant, and Silver Medallist at the Transplant Games in South Africa (Picture via The Irish Times)

Tony Gartland, Recipient of Ireland’s first Liver Transplant, and Silver Medallist at the Transplant Games in South Africa (Picture via The Irish Times)

Great news coming from the Transplant Games in South Africa – where Tony Gartland, Ireland’s first ever Liver transplant recipient, has won a well deserved Silver Medal in the 5km road race. Fantastic work by Tony, and to all the team who are doing us proud in Durban – with more success to come over the next few days

The Irish Times Reports

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