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come soon and I am assured that plans are            and supporters travelling to Spain for the World
        progressing well. However, I am too much of a        Transplant Games this month. This world event is
        pessimist about this project to dare to print a date  a ‘golden’ opportunity to promote the value of
        when the first patient will receive dialysis         organ donation to the public, using sports to
        treatment in the facility.                           create the competitive excitement which will
           We have had many enquiries concerning the         abound.
        haemodialysis holiday proposal as                                           As I am writing my
        mentioned in the previous SUPPORT. We                                     editorial today I have learnt
        have yet to confirm the haemodialysis                                     of the sudden passing of
        treatment slots in Majorca. If you have                                   Teddy O’Neill RIP. Teddy was
        indicated your interest, be assured that we                               a kidney transplant patient
        will be in touch soon. However, if you have                               who was the longest ever
        not yet done so, please do, and contact                                   serving Board member of the
        Deborah directly in Donor House . It is                                   IKA, 23 years from 1992-
        more probable that the holiday dates will                                 2015. He represented the
        be in October.                                                            Cork branch of the
           I was delighted to learn that Simon                                    Association and he was an
        Harris, TD, is continuing his Ministry of                                 outstanding advocate for his
        Health role. The sector needs the stability                               fellow patients.
        of a long-serving Minister. He is planning  Teddy O’Neill                   On behalf of the current
        to introduce a draft general scheme of a Human       and retired past Chairmen, Officers and Board
        Tissue Bill and a public consultation on the         members, together with the staff in Donor House,
        proposal is expected before the Autumn.              I extend our deepest sympathies to his wife June,
           The proposal will include legislation for consent  their two children, Trevor and Maria and his
        and an ‘opt-out’ register for organ donation.        extended family.
           We look forward to the third opportunity to          Ar deis Dè go raibh a h-anam dílis.
        present our position publicly, in opposition to this
        change in consent for organ donation. It is good
        for organ donation that the subject is discussed so
        regularly. An ‘opt-out’ register, rather than a
        register of people opting in and out, would be a
        very odd register to develop. We look forward to
        the Autumn consultations.
           I want to wish the best of luck to the athletes                                    MARK MURPHY



         16 WEST CLARE WALK                                  59 MEMBERSHIP FORM

         18 IT’S ALL IN THE MIND                             60 BRANCH SECRETARIES
         20 WORLD TRANSPLANT GAMES

         22 TO VIENNA WITH LOVE

         23 MASS AT KNOCK SHRINE

         24 PUNCHESTOWN 2017

         26 SOCIAL MEDIA & COMMUNICATION

         27 VHI WOMEN’S MINI MARATHON

         28 LAUNCH OF ORGAN DONOR
             AWARENESS WEEK

         32 AROUND THE BRANCHES


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