18.4 Watch Senator Mark Daly calls on Government to help Undocumented Irish in the US

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17/4/18 Watch Senator Daly bring forward a motion to honour Storm Lake Times Pulitzer Prize win

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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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1st permanent exhibition to Irish Tricolour to open this week at GPO – Daly

1st permanent exhibition to Irish Tricolour to open this week at GPO – Daly
– Commemorates 170th anniversary of 1st flying of flag by Thomas F Meagher –

The 1st ever permanent exhibition on the Irish Flag will be officially opened this Friday, 23rd February, at 2.30pm, by the Ceann Comhairle, Sean Ó Fearghail TD at the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the first public flying of the Irish tricolour.
The exhibition has been installed by the Thomas F Meagher Foundation which seeks to promote pride and respect in the Irish flag and to better understand its importance in promoting peace and inclusion on the island.The Thomas F Meagher Foundation co-founders are Reverend Michael Cavanagh and Senator Mark Daly.
The centre piece of the new exhibition is an enormous polished black granite block with an exact typographical replica of the opening lines of the 1916 Proclamation where it states ‘summons her children to her flag’. This is then followed by the original quote of Meagher when he flew the flag for the first time in 1848 where he says:

“The white in the centre signified a lasting truce between orange and green. I trust that beneath its folds the hands of the Irish catholic and the Irish protestant may be clasped in generous and heroic brotherhood.

Incorporating the latest touch screen technology, the exhibition will have information on the history of the flag. Visitors can also send via email the Irish flag protocols to themselves and students can see the new educational tools on the story of the Irish Flag which the Thomas F Meagher Foundation have put in place in conjunction with the Department of Education and Skills.
Schools from around the country that intend to participate in the Thomas F Meagher Foundation Flag Day event on March 16th have also been invited to the dedication ceremony by the Ceann Comhairle.
Commenting ahead of the exhibition’s launch, Senator Daly said:
“Flag Day, on the eve of St Patrick’s Day, is where schools sell lapel pins given free to them by the Foundation for projects, causes or charities of their choosing.
“As a result of students work promoting pride in and respect for the Irish Flag and its meaning for peace, they can become eligible for the Kerry Group award and scholarship. If any schools would like to get involved, they should get in touch with the foundation at their website: www.tfmfoundation.ie,” concluded Daly.

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