Mullen, Rónán

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 191 Nbr. 2


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

I welcome the Minister of State to the House and commend Senator Quinn on bringing forward for debate this timely and worthwhile issue in the form of his Bill. As other speakers have noted, this i...More Button

I come to this debate as one who perceives it as an important starting point. I echo fully Senator de Búrca’s comments on the need for public consultation before arriving at definitiv...More Button

I will make a number of points. The essential proposal in Senator Quinn’s Bill is that we would change from an opt-out principle to one of opting-in, which in general would be highly desirab...More Button

However, Members must think carefully about what the Constitution requires and perhaps what natural justice requires in respect of what should happen when the potential donor is a child and what sh...More Button

A question that I find fascinating and which I believe will be highly important is that of when death occurs. While I am aware this matter is not dealt with in the Bill, it is a central question, ...More Button

There have been some recent publications in this regard and I wish to draw Members’ attention to one in particular. I refer to an Italian work, Finis Vitae: Is Brain Death Still Life?...More Button

What is interesting is that people are beginning to question whether what has been called brain death is or can constitute death. Professor Roberto de Mattei, who contributed to the aforementioned...More Button

The first article on brain death appeared in 1968 in the Journal of the American Medical Association and was entitled “A definition of irreversible coma”. Dr. Paul Byrne of St. Vincent&rsqu...More Button

I only make this point as someone whose heart is with the concept of presumed consent. Those who disagree with me might suggest taking my heart and leaving the rest. However, from that perspectiv...More Button

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——no man hath or no person has. In other words, in the event that brain death is arrived at, a person could opt to allow his or her organs to be used, even if there was a slight possib...More Button

——and look forward to an extensive consultation process.More Button

Business of Seanad.

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Credit Institutions (Financial Support) Bill 2008: Second Stage.

I welcome the Minister. I am glad the waiting is over. I was reminded of “Waiting for Godot” earlier when Senator Donie Cassidy came in repeatedly and said, “the Minister cannot be along just now...More Button

Better later than never. I support this Bill. It is an irony that the situation we are facing has been brought about by a massive breach of trust by many people in the financial world. We now fi...More Button

I was reminded of Donald Rumsfeld’s infamous phrase about known unknowns. The truth is we do not know the precise level of exposure or risk we are taking in taking the step necessary to prov...More Button

We have guaranteed the funds and deposits in our banks, and the repayment of monies on loan to our banks. A jaded cynic commented to me earlier that now our bank officials are effectively becoming...More Button

We need to reflect on the valuable commodity of time. It is said that time heals all wounds. It is time that will give the breathing space needed to allow business activity and money to flow as b...More Button

Some have commented on the extent of our exposure as a result of this move. The truth is that even when financial systems are working perfectly, there would be a huge degree of exposure if everybo...More Button

There must also come a time when we reflect. I was taken by Senator Paschal Donohoe’s speech earlier on how trust has been breeched and how people in financial services undermined trust by s...More Button

It is four o’clock in the morning, and I will share a quote from Confucius. One might say we are confused enough already. Confucius said that to put the world in order we must first put the...More Button