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Briefing Paper : Human Tissue Bill

Debate on the second stage of the Human Tissue Bill took place in Dail Eireann on Tuesday 24th January 2023 .
The IHLTA supports the introduction of an Opt-Out Organ Donation System and is a signatory to the Briefing Paper from the Irish Donor Network (see below) which was distributed to all TD's in advance.
The Human Tissue Bill is currently before Dail Eireann, Third Stage (also known as Committee Stage) 

Dáil Eireann Visit

Meeting up with Minister For Health Stephen Donnelly on the steps of the Dáil last week (January 2023) as the Human Tissue Bill passed its second stage.


Front row: Seamus Eager (Heart Transplant), Minister Stephen Donnelly, Aoife Farrell (Heart Transplant),David Crosby (Double Lung Transplant). Back row: Irene Byrne, Robert McCutcheon,(Heart Transplant, Chairman of the IHLTA),Elizabeth Eager, Katie Crosby.

Christmas Wishes 2022

We wish our heart and lung transplant recipients, family, friends and supporters a happy and peaceful Christmas.

As we celebrate the gift of life we remember our donors and the generosity of their families.
We recognise the on-going support and commitment of the entire Heart and Lung Transplant Team at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.

We look forward to 2023 and the progression of the Human Tissue Bill through the houses of the Oireachtas.

Human Tissue Bill

The Human Tissue Bill has now been published and is available on the Oireachtas website : Human Tissue Bill
Statement from the Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association.
The Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association warmly welcomes the publication of the Human Tissue Bill especially the provision for the introduction of a soft-opt organ donation consent system.

We have campaigned with other members organisations of the Irish Donor Network for an soft opt-out organ donation system and we look forward to the benefits this legislation will bring in time.

We urge the Government, Department of Health and the HSE to commit adequate resources and investment in infrastructure and personnel to ensure that organ donation and transplantation services in Ireland are maximised to their full potential.

Paxlovid - Covid 19

Paxlovid is an oral medicine taken as tablets being introduced into Ireland this week to treat COVID-19. 
Heart and Lung Transplant Clinic have advised that Paxlovid is not a suitable drug for post heart or lung transplant recipients due to a severe drug-drug interaction.

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