15/07/15 Senator Daly Speaks on the Post Office Service in Ireland and Organ Transplantation

Senator Daly: I ask the Leader to organise a debate on the post office service. We saw what happened in recent days when the banks in Greece were shut. If we have a properly functioning post office service, in the event of a similar situation arising in Ireland, at least we would a post office service. What the Government is doing with the post office service is an omnishambles. This system will fall apart and many areas of rural Ireland will be left without a post office very shortly. We saw what happened in England, where the post office service was cut to a third of its former capacity.

I also support my colleagues who have called for the Minister for Health, Deputy Varadkar, to come into the House today for a debate on pancreatic transplants. I received an e-mail from a person who is awaiting a transplant. He stated that the speech given by the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, on Wednesday was unfortunately incorrect in several ways. He also stated that Beaumont Hospital had not written to all post-transplant patients and patients on the waiting list. It simply did not happen. I am not blaming the Minister, as he was reading from a script prepared by his officials, who are basically misleading him and telling him lies. We have had that with the Taoiseach in the Dáil, when he was given bad information in regard to lbrahim Halawa. Joint assessment clinics are not in place for these patients. None of the patients has been contacted.

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