Monthly Archives: June 2014

The HSE’s National Organ Donation and Transplantation Office launched its Annual Report for 2013

The Health Service Executive (HSE) launched through its NODTO the report for 2013 of Irish Organ Transplant Rates and Outcomes.

The Annual Report 2013 is now available online:

NODTO's Annual Report 2013

 

The National Organ Donation and Transplantation Office (NODTO) was created to organise, integrate and lead Organ Donation and Transplantation in Ireland.  This Office works to save and improve lives through an increase in organ donation rates throughout the country.

To find more about the HSE’s NODTO, click here

 

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Congressman Ryan, who is proud of his Kilkenny ancestry, has affirmed that the efforts of Irish people based in the US, as well as Irish politicians, like Senator Mark Daly, played a significant part in persuading him to support immigration reform legislation

This in an article from The Journal, which discusses the situation of around 50, 000 undocumented Irish citizens who currently live in the US.

Find it here:
The undocumented Irish in the US need and deserve our help

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Media coverage of the claim the Developers are buying back NAMA Property

The newspapers in June were awash with this discussion. Were developers buying back NAMA property at cut down prices?

Developers not buying NAMA Cork Examiner Jun 11

Irish Independent 2011 Evidence for NAMA Claim

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Senator Mark Daly has welcomed the move to bring the Undocumented Irish out if the shadows in New York

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/new-york-to-bring-illegal-immigrants-out-of-the-shadows-1.1847585.
New York to bring illegal immigrants out of the shadows
So-called undocumented to be able to open bank accounts, sign leases and cash cheques

The move will be a significant boost for Irish people living and working illegally in New York City who are among the estimated 50,000 undocumented living across the United States.

New York City is to issue identification cards to the city’s residents, including an estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants. This will enable the so-called undocumented open bank accounts, sign rental leases and cash cheques.
New York City Council will follow other major cities with large immigrant communities including Los Angeles and San Francisco and vote for an ID card system that would allow illegal migrants access basic city services.
It will be the biggest city ID card programme in the US.
Undocumented
The move will be a significant boost for Irish people living and working illegally in New York City who are among the estimated 50,000 undocumented living across the United States.
The initiative has the backing of liberal New York City mayor Bill de Blasio who said in April that giving illegal immigrants an official form of identification would “bring dignity and peace of mind to many fellow residents currently living in the shadows”.
Allowing illegal immigrants in New York to apply for drivers’ licences, a measure that was introduced in Illinois last year, would require a new law at a higher level to cover New York State.
The city’s council is also planning to earmark $4.9 million (€3.6 million) to extend a pilot programme that provides free legal representation to detained immigrants facing deportation.
“The city is sending a strong message to its residents that we have your back,” New York City councilman Carlos Menchaca told The New York Times.
“These are clear messages, indicators, commitments that we mean we’re serious about how we take care of our immigrants and really all New Yorkers.”
Legal assistance
Other cities such as Boston and Chicago are also reported to be considering legal assistance programmes to help illegal residents, as immigration reform, which would give legal status to almost 12 million undocumented residents in the US, has stalled at a national level amid political wrangling in the US Congress.
The prospect of comprehensive immigration reform passing has been complicated further by a wave of unaccompanied child immigrants from Mexico and Central America streaming across the southern US border over the past six months.

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64 Voluntary Organisations were told that they “may have to consider putting those staff on protective notice.”

I ask the Leader to arrange a debate on a letter sent to 64 national organisations in the community sector in which they were told to place their staff on protective notice. The organisations in question include the Irish Deaf Society and other groups which protect the most vulnerable. The letter was issued because the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Phil Hogan, was unable to make a decision on funding in May or June. It is not acceptable that organisations which protect the most vulnerable should be told to place their staff on protective notice because the Department cannot make a decision.

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