Lives could be saved if Ross signed order for organ donors – Daly

Published on: 26 March 2019

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.

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