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THE IRISH KIDNEY ASSOCIATION

The Irish Kidney Association is a charitable voluntary organisation founded in 1978. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of renal patients and their families and carers, living with and affected by end stage renal disease. These needs are spread across all aspects of life – medical, social and psychological. The profile of the kidney patient ranges from infanthood to the elderly who are undergoing various methods of treatment – haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis (both CAPD and APD) and kidney transplantation.

Kidney disease affects all age groups, both men and women.The reality of kidney disease is that it may impinge on many strands of a person’s life including: health, employment, education, social life and relationships, physical fitness and general well-being.

The progression of this disease means that the patient requires a lifetime of treatment: regular out-patient monitoring, on-going medication, surgery for dialysis access, dialysis, transplantation, failed transplant, re-dialysis, re-transplantation, and so on often developing additional health problems such as hypertension, bone disease, restricted mobility, cardiac complications, etc

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OUR MISSION OBJECTIVES

The prime role of the Irish Kidney Association is to support patients and their families effected by end stage kidney disease and are either being treated by dialysis or have a working kidney transplant.

By providing information on kidney diseases, associated medical scenarios and social benefits and entitlements, the IKA helps patients and families live as normal a life as possible, given the presence of the kidney related illness.

As the only organisation representing the views of Irish kidney patients, the IKA continually lobbies on their behalf. This ongoing activity covers a wide variety of areas, including government departments, the HSE, hospitals, renal units and many other agencies. By joining with other organisations, the IKA helps in furthering the aims of all patients with chronic illness and improving their quality of life.

The patient remains at the centre of the IKA — the patient’s needs are paramount.

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our priority

The prescribed course of the individual’s treatments affects: their working life, their home and family life and often results in unemployment and loss of meaningful identity.

A simple event such as booking a holiday with family and friends will be restricted by the limited availability of holiday centres with dialysis facilities.While the patient is regularly away from home, receiving medical treatment for extended periods of time, the burden of the function of the sole carer and provider of a most stressed family unit falls on the spouse and carers.

The priority of the association is to ensure that the unmet needs of the renal patient and family are addressed by the statutory health and education system either directly from the mainstream or via an association like ourselves.Within our resources, derived from voluntary donations and fundraising, we attempt to contribute to fulfilling these needs directly to the patient and family.

National Honorary
CHAIRPERSON
John Whelan
Dublin East / Wicklow
National Honorary CHAIRPERSON John Whelan Dublin East / Wicklow
Interim National
Honorary
TREASURER
Colin Mackenzie
Dublin North
Interim National Honorary TREASURER Colin Mackenzie Dublin North
National Honorary
SECRETARY
Valerie Brady
Louth/Meath
National Honorary SECRETARY Valerie Brady Louth/Meath

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Patricia May

    Carlow

  • Liam Buttle

    Wexford

  • Peggy Eustace

    Clare

  • Michael Kiely

    Cork

  • Kieran Murray

    Donegal

  • John Whelan

    Dublin East / Wicklow

  • Colin MacKenzie

    Dublin North

  • Peter Pardoe

    Dublin South

  • Eoin Madden

    Galway

  • Ellen Flanagan

    Kerry

  • Liz O’Sullivan

    Kildare

  • Seamus Carrigan

    Kilkenny

  • Angela Kirwan

    Laois

  • Cathriona Charles

    Leitrim 

  • Pat O’Brien

    Limerick

  • Deirdre Heslin

    Longford

  • Valerie Brady

    Louth / Meath

  • Lisa Mellon

    Mayo

  • Dermot Glynn

    Offaly

  • Monica Finn

    Rosscommon

  • Marie Fowley

    Sligo

  • Joan Gavan

    Tipperary 

  • Raymond Halligan

    Waterford

  • Edward Flood

    Westmeath

National Honorary
CHAIRPERSON
John Whelan
Dublin East / Wicklow
National Honorary CHAIRPERSON John Whelan Dublin East / Wicklow
Interim National
Honorary
TREASURER
Colin Mackenzie
Dublin North
Interim National Honorary TREASURER Colin Mackenzie Dublin North
National Honorary
SECRETARY
Valerie Brady
Louth/Meath
National Honorary SECRETARY Valerie Brady Louth/Meath

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Take action today and find out about how you can help the ones you know and love or just because you'd like to be a part of something bigger. Whether you choose to become a donor or make a contribution, the IKA appreciate your time and efforts to know more about what we do and how we help those who have or are affected by renal disease.

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