EDIT: Unfortunately Joe Brolly did not make the debate on Radio Kerry.
Senator Daly and Mr. Joe Brolly agree on 95% of the issues involved here with Organ Donation.
However, the basis of the system Joe is talking about was implemented in Spain, ie. presumed consent (or ‘opt out’) and over a period of 10 years it didnt work – it didnt significantly boost numbers and made very little difference. What should have happened last August was the opportunity for the Health Minister to do 3 things – a single transplant authority, sharing of data between agencies, and transplant co-ordinators in every hospital.
The Minister failed to put this vital, and proven to be effective – infrastructure in place.
Kerry Senator secures final signature to recall Seanad
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 6:05 pm
Kerry Senator Mark Daly has secured the 20th signature for his letter which will force the government to recall the Seanad.
The final signature came from Independent Senator Fergal Quinn, and will see the Seanad recalled this month to debate organ donation. There are currently more than 650 people in Ireland awaiting organ transplants, and more than 1,800 people are receiving dialysis. An EU directive on organ transplantation was signed into Irish legislation last year.
Kenmare Senator Mark Daly, who’s nominated by the Irish Kidney Association, says it wasn’t debated by the Dail, Seanad, or health committee before the minister signed it into law. Under EU law the Seanad must be recalled to debate an EU Directive if 20 senators sign a letter asking for a recall. Senator Daly has secured this, and will be submitting it to the Seanad Cathaoirleach this week.
The Kenmare Senator says he was blocked from recalling the Seanad on the same legislation last year, but says this time, in the event of the Government not recalling the Seanad, he’ll go to the High Court.