Senator Daly calls on Minister Reilly to address Seanad on his flawed transplant bill.

Minister Reilly has not confirmed if he will attend the Seanad to defend his flawed EU Law on organ transplantation which he signed into Irish law without it going to the Dáil, the Seanad or the Health Committee.

The Minister’s Office would not confirm to Senator Daly if Minister Reilly would remain on his holidays for the debate in the Oireachtas on the first piece of Organ Transplantation Legislation in the history of the state. It is unclear if the Minister will be attending the recall of the Seanad to debate the flawed EU law and the vote to annul directive which he signed into Irish law last year.

Mark Murphy CEO of the Irish Kidney Association said ” this was the worse implementation of this EU directive on organ transplantation in any EU member state”

The Irish Kidney Association welcomed the recall of the Seanad in a press release yesterday.

“It was a missed opportunity to fix our organ donation system. What the minister should have done is he should have put organ donor coordinators in every hospital he should have put one national authority in charge of organ donation” said Senator Daly.

Senator Daly, who has secured the recall of the Seanad to vote on annulling the EU law said that the “650 people currently awaiting organ transplants in Ireland, the 1,800 people who are on dialysis in this country at a cost over 10 years of 1.2 billion euros and the over 500 people who are awaiting kidney transplants, deserve to know why the Minister put in place a flawed law on organ donation. I am calling on the  minister to attend the recalled Seanad for the debate “

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