Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Clare Cllr. Cathal Crowe has
accused the Transport Minister of risking lives by refusing to sign a
ministerial order which would allow doctors and medical professionals access to
organ donor information on driving licences.

Since 2013 driving licence applicants have been asked if they would they be
willing to be an organ donor and according to the Irish Kidney Association nearly
one million people have indicated that they would.  However, those involved in the organ donation
process still have no access to this information.

Cllr. Crowe explained, “Minister Ross’s stance on this issue is incredible.  This is a potentially life-saving move and
yet the Minister is stalling on signing an order to allow medical professionals
access to driving licence information. 
This is extremely short sighted and is effectively putting lives at
risk.

“We all know that those involved in the organ donor process have a limited
amount of time to establish whether someone is a donor or not.  Any initiative which could speed up this
process and save a life should be implemented without delay. 

“What makes this situation even more incredible is the fact that Minister Ross
has already signed similar orders to allow the Courts, the Gardaí, parking
clampers and motorway operators eFlow access to this information.  Why is he refusing medical professionals, who
are saving lives, this same right?

“This is Organ Donor Awareness Week and organ donors, organ recipients,
volunteers and campaigners all want to see a change in the law.  I am calling on Minister Ross to sign a
ministerial order so that the work of doctors and those involved in the organ
donor is made as straightforward as possible”, concluded Cllr. Crowe.