Fianna Fáil councillor for Wicklow, Cllr. Gail Dunne was pleased to see the Human Tissue Bill pass the second stage of the Dáil last week. Speaking about the bill Cllr. Dunne mentioned his own personal struggle recently.
“Last week the Dáil passed the second stage of the Human Tissue Bill. This provides an opt-out system for organ donation. For people like me, on the transplant list, this is a positive development for them and their families.
Cllr. Dunne added “Hopefully, we will see the bill pass all stages of the Oireachtas and be implemented. I can’t emphasise the importance of the bill in terms of organ donation and retention.”
The Human Tissue bill will include provisions around organ donation and transplantation, post-mortem practice and procedures in hospital settings, anatomical examination, and public display of bodies after death.
In line with the recommendations of the Madden Report, the Bill introduces consent provisions for non-coronial post-mortems and sets out a clear framework for how consent should be obtained.