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Opt for Life campaign welcome organ donation reforms

Former Gaelic Football star Joe Brolly says the €3 million pledged for a state of the art organ donation system will save lives.

FORMER GAELIC FOOTBALL star Joe Brolly and Belfast PR executive Shane Finnegan welcomed today’s announcement that the HSE is to introduce a state of the art organ donation system.

The campaign to reform the Irish organ donation system has been spearheaded by the former Derry All-Ireland football winner who was applauded last year for his selfless act in donating a kidney to his friend Shane Finnegan.

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Brolly, who is also a barrister has been campaigning to change the laws with the ‘Opt For Life’ campaign in a hope to increase organ donation levels in Ireland and bring them in line with other European countries.

He said the reforms, which include 19 full-time staff and €3 million per year, will save many lives.

“Professor Egan at the National Transplant Office finally has the resources he needs at his disposal. The €3 million per annum and nineteen full time organ donation personnel brings us into line with the world leaders in this area,” they added.

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They wished to thank Jerry Buttimer TD, John O’Mahony TD, Minister James Reilly and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny who they said “took a genuine, personal interest in this”.

They added:

We are overwhelmed by the speed at which this has been achieved and elated at the many lives that will be transformed as a result.

Read: Campaign to reform Irish organ donation practices spearheaded by GAA pundit Brolly>

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