Organ Donation and Transplants

[Speaking in the Seanad on SI 325 of 2012 - European Union (Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation) Regulations 2012: Motion] I generally compliment the tone of the debate. I note, however, that it has been commented by one of my colleagues that Senator Daly, who deserves huge credit for his initiative … Read more

EU Regulations regarding clinical trials

Speaking during the Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn I am involved in clinical research and I am troubled by the track record and future plans of the European Commission in this field. In 2001, the European clinical trials directive was put in place that was widely seen by those in the field … Read more

EU-proposed changes to clinical trials approval and data protection which could adversely effect cancer research; drug pricing strategy of pharmaceuticals; campaign to end tobacco trade

Speaking during the Address to Seanad Éireann by Nessa Childers, MEP I welcome Ms Childers, who has been a wonderful ambassador for our country in the European Parliament. I speak as a committed European and, in many ways, as an anti-nationalist with a small “n”. I have this theory that, in 50 or 100 years … Read more

Health issues to raise during Ireland’s EU Presidency

I am a little newer to the political arena than the Minister but I am a fast learner, so while he is in the House I will shamelessly tack on some questions for the Minister’s consideration. Ireland will assume a senior role in Europe in January as the country takes on the European Union Presidency … Read more

End the sale of tobacco

WHO/Jim Holmes

Young girl smoking, Lao People's Democratic Republic (2008)

I would like the Leader to consider asking the Minister for Health to come to the House for a fundamental and far-reaching debate on how, during his term as the head of the EU’s health operation during our Presidency of the EU, we can try to institute a widespread and fundamental change in the EU’s … Read more

Family Home Bill 2011

The key message that must go out from this House is that, collectively, the body politic understands the effect, at a micro level, of what has happened at the macro-economic level. We must demonstrate an understanding that decisions made at high levels which led to major economic problems have had serious consequences for individuals. The … Read more