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.”
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