Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has called on Minister Shane Ross to sign
a ministerial order to allow medical professionals access to driving licence
details.

Figures from the Irish Kidney Association reveal that almost one million people
have indicated that they want to be an organ donor on their driving licences;
however under the current system medical professionals do not have access to
that information.

Senator Daly explained, “Minister Ross has the opportunity to save lives – all he
has to do is sign a ministerial order to allow doctors and medical staff access
to driving licence information relating to organ donation.  However, he is continuing to refuse to do so.

“Today marks the beginning of organ donor week and it would provide a great
boost to organ donors, recipients, volunteers and campaigners if the Minister
could realise the impact that a simple stroke of the pen would have on the
dozens of people waiting on the donor list in Ireland.

“Minister Ross has already signed similar orders to allow the Courts, the
Gardaí, parking clampers and motorway operators eFlow.  Why is he refusing to sign such an order to
save lives?  The Minister has cited
Brexit and data protection for his failure to sign the order but doesn’t add up
when private operators have been allowed access to this very same information.

“We are talking about life and death here, not unpaid fines.  I am urging Minister Ross to realise the life
changing impact this simple legislative change would make and sign the
ministerial order”, concluded Senator Daly.