Irish Independent: Seanad to be recalled from summer break

Fiach Kelly– 06 August 2013

THE Seanad is likely be recalled from its holidays to discuss an organ donation law.

Fianna Fail senator Mark Daly has got 20 senators – the level needed to recall the Upper House – to support his efforts to bring the Seanad back during its summer break.

It now must be called back by August 27 – weeks before it is due back in mid-September.

The organ donor law is covered by an EU directive and one third of the Seanad is needed to support a recall to discuss such a directive. It was signed into Irish legislation by Health Minister James Reilly last year.

It is the first organ donor law in the history of the State, but it was not debated by the Dail, Seanad or the Oireachtas Health Committee before being enacted. Organ transplant groups claim the law has serious faults.

Independent senator Feargal Quinn became the 20th person to back Mr Daly’s petition today. It was also supported by Mr Daly himself and 13 of his Fianna Fail colleagues, with the remainder made up by Independent senators.

Seanad Cathoirleach Paddy Burke will decide the date senators will come back but it must be before August 27.

To read the article on the Irish Independent, click here.

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