Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has welcomed the launch of a new hand-held inhaler designed for sufferers of cystic fibrosis.

Deputy Kelleher said: “Ireland has the highest incidence of cystic fibrosis in the world and progress that has been made through this new inhaler, I hope, will transform how patients receive treatment.

“I am aware that the inhaler operates by delivering a powdered blast of the drugs that tackle the risk of chronic lung infections in only a matter of minutes and therefore reduces the need for people with CF to spend long periods in a day received medication at home on a nebuliser.

“In all the progress that has been made in making Ireland a world leader in research and technology I think there is scope for significantly increasing the research around CF.  While Ireland does have the highest incidence of this condition globally Ireland can also be to the fore in transforming the lives of people suffering from CF.

“I understand that this new Podhaler could benefit half of the 1300 people suffering with cystic fibrosis in Ireland.  This is hugely significant.  I want to take this opportunity to commend the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland and the countless people across Ireland who support their work and people suffering with this condition.”