Senator Mark Daly is just 3 signatures short of recalling the Seanad this August. Since announcing to colleagues that he will be seeking the recall he has secured the signatures of his 14 person Fianna Fáil group as well as Independent Senators Sean Barrett, Ronan Mullen and Doctor John Crown.
Senator Daly is hopeful that he will get the required remaining 3 signatures this week that will allow him to submit the letter to the chair of the senate Paddy Burke next week.
Under the European communities act 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 transplantation.
‘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.”
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