McCarthy, Michael

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 191 Nbr. 2


Order of Business.

BreastCheck wrote to a lady in the Cork region last week to arrange an appointment for a mammogram. Sadly for the family concerned, that lady has been dead for 20 years. This was brought to the a...More Button

This has caused undue hardship and distress to the family. One could understand this happening within a three to five year period but this is 20 years later. BreastCheck has issued an apology whi...More Button

I wonder if something similar has happened to other families who would not have the wherewithal to raise this issue in political channels as has this former Deputy. Will the Leader ensure this doe...More Button

Human Body Organs and Human Tissue Bill 2008: Second Stage.

The Senator’s time has concluded.More Button

In fact the Senator has gone over time. I have been extra lenient.More Button

I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this debate. I am one of those people who has always viewed organ donation as selfless and something we all aspire to doing, to ensure when we are gone w...More Button

It is good that we are debating this issue in the House. I commend Senator Quinn on bringing the Bill before the House because, while making us think about organ donation and transplantation, it p...More Button

While researching for the debate this afternoon, I noticed that 69% of people are willing to donate organs, yet only 29% carry donor cards. That statistic speaks volumes about the whole area of tr...More Button

I accept that the Bill aims to put a legislative framework in place. Having spent the last hour in the Chair I have noticed there is a broad school of opinion in the House that accepts the tenet o...More Button

The opt-out, or presumed consent model of organ donation, already exists successfully in Austria, Spain and France. In those countries if a person dies who is a suitable donor, his or her organs c...More Button

While researching this afternoon I came across a worthwhile quotation, one that we should all remember. James Nolan, an Irish kidney transplant recipient said: “Please don’t bring your organ...More Button

There is a broad thrust of support for what Senator Quinn has tried to do. He has certainly put the issue into the spotlight and it has been followed up by various organs in the media, no pun inte...More Button

Business of Seanad.

The former Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children said two weeks ago that realism is important in politics. I cannot see this Bill being debated in this House tonight. Given the amo...More Button

The Leader of the House has been helpful and obliging in the past in terms of debates and facilitating various requests by Members. To be fair and to extend the co-operation and spirit of goodwill...More Button

There are 28 amendments to the emergency Bill being debated in the Dáil which will not deal with it again until 8.30 p.m. Even if the Dáil rushed through amendments Nos. 1 to 28, it ...More Button

The Dáil will still be considering the Bill at 10 p.m.More Button