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.”