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Inaction by Minister Ross on sharing of Organ Donor information risking lives – Daly

– Fianna Fáil demands change in the law ahead of Organ Donor Week –

Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has demanded a change in the law that would save more lives by allowing state agencies to share information on those who have indicated that they are willing to be organ donors.

Senator Daly was commenting advance of Organ Donor Week which starts on Tuesday.

Currently there are 2.6 million driving licences issued by the Government. Since 2013, applicants for a driving licence have been asked would they be willing to be an organ donor.

“Doctors and medical professionals are currently not allowed to access this information, meaning that those involved in the facilitation of organ transplants often miss out on potential donors,” said Senator Daly who was nominated to the Seanad by the Irish Kidney Association.

“The Minister for Transport needs to act. It is unacceptable and short sighted not to allow driving license information that could save and transform lives be shared with medical professionals involved in organ donations.

“The Government allows driving licence details to be shared with other State bodies such as the Courts Service, the Road Safety Authority and the Health and Safety Authority.

“Most recently Minister Ross allowed access by some private companies such as the management of the M50 motorway, E- Flow.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD added, “We need to give medical professionals and the families of those who want to donate their organs the information that is needed to make the decision in a timely manner.

“This is another example of Minister Ross’ inaction. This is a simple but important change, and I feel the Government’s laissez faire approach to this issue is not acceptable.

Senator Daly concluded, “I am calling on Minister Ross to make the simple legislative changes that are needed to streamline and speed up the organ donation process.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inaction by Minister Ross on sharing of Organ Donor information risking lives – Daly

Inaction by Minister Ross on sharing of Organ Donor information risking lives – Daly
– Fianna Fáil demands change in the law ahead of Organ Donor Week –


Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has demanded a change in the law that would save more lives by allowing state agencies to share information on those who have indicated that they are willing to be organ donors.

Senator Daly was commenting advance of Organ Donor Week which starts on Tuesday.

Currently there are 2.6 million driving licences issued by the Government. Since 2013, applicants for a driving licence have been asked would they be willing to be an organ donor.

“Doctors and medical professionals are currently not allowed to access this information, meaning that those involved in the facilitation of organ transplants often miss out on potential donors,” said Senator Daly who was nominated to the Seanad by the Irish Kidney Association.

“The Minister for Transport needs to act. It is unacceptable and short sighted not to allow driving license information that could save and transform lives be shared with medical professionals involved in organ donations.

“The Government allows driving licence details to be shared with other State bodies such as the Courts Service, the Road Safety Authority and the Health and Safety Authority.

“Most recently Minister Ross allowed access by some private companies such as the management of the M50 motorway, E- Flow.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD added, “We need to give medical professionals and the families of those who want to donate their organs the information that is needed to make the decision in a timely manner.

“This is another example of Minister Ross’ inaction. This is a simple but important change, and I feel the Government’s laissez faire approach to this issue is not acceptable.

Senator Daly concluded, “I am calling on Minister Ross to make the simple legislative changes that are needed to streamline and speed up the organ donation process.”

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New permanent exhibition on the Irish flag goes on display in the GPO

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Kate Lynch who won a scholarship for the 2017 Thomas F Meagher Foundation Flag Day at the 1st ever permanent exhibition on the Irish Tricolour at the GPO, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The first ever permanent exhibition on the Irish Flag has been opened to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the tricolour.

The exhibition is situated in the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre in Dublin.

On March 7th, 1848, Thomas Francis Meagher flew a flag inspired by the French ‘tricolor’ at 33, The Mall in Waterford.

The exhibition will feature a plaque with Meagher’s aspirations for the flag. “The White in the centre signifies a lasting truce between the Orange and the Green, and I trust that beneath its folds the hands of the Irish Protestant and the Irish Catholic may be clasped, in generous and heroic brotherhood.”

The launch was carried out by An Ceann Comhairle Seán O’Fearghaíl who said the flag represented “all that is good about us”.

He noted the flags for schools initiative, which saw the flag delivered to most primary and secondary schools in the country, was one of the biggest of the Easter Rising commemoration year in 2016.

He believed the motivations behind Meagher’s original design was a call to “fair play, tolerance and respect” and the permanent exhibition was “long overdue”.

The initiative for the exhibition came from the Thomas F Meagher Foundationset up in 2013 by Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly and the Church of Irelandminister Reverend Michael Kavanagh.

Reverend Kavanagh said the flag represented a “struggle for freedom over the centuries which came at a personal and collective cost that we must not forget”.

He said the GPO was the appropriate place for it given the flag flew from the rooftops there during Easter week 1916.

The foundation was set up to promote awareness of and the proper usage of the national flag.

Speaking at the event, Senator Daly said the exhibition “embodies all the aims of the Foundation, to promote pride in and respect for the Irish flag and its message of peace, to educate the school children of Ireland of this message and to assist them in being active citizens in their community”.

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