28.2.2013 Did your TD join us in Leinster House?

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On Wednesday 27th February, the NAI and its members presented to Oireachtas Members in Leinster House on the state of Ireland's neurological care services. As Ireland prepares to host European Month of the Brain in May this year, as part of its EU presidency, thousands of Irish people are forced to wait long periods for diagnosis and treatment or cannot get vital rehabilitation supports that are taken for granted in other European countries.

Speaking at the event, Professor Orla Hardiman, Consultant Neurologist, spoke of the irony of hosting the European Month of the Brain in Ireland, which has shown so little committment to investing in neurological care.

The presentation highlighted the steady erosion of existing supports through ongoing year on year cuts to not for profit organisations.

NAI would like to thank the three speakers on the day, Chris Macey, the Chair of NAI, Professor Hardiman, and Emma Rogan, a young person with a neurological condition who gave an extremely powerful personal testimony.

NAI would like to extend a special thanks to Senator Jillian Van Turnhout for her assistance in inviting the NAI to Leinster House and her strong ongoing support for neurological issues.

Oireachtas members were urged to "allow Ireland to hold its head up in Europe as it prepares to host the Month of the Brain" by urging practical steps on neurological issues. This includes calling for an implementation plan for the national neurorehabilitation strategy. Although the national strategy published 14 months ago, an implementation plan has still not been developed.

The following Oireachtas members attended or were represented on the day. You can download a copy of the briefing below:

Deputy Donal Lowry, Sean Barrett Ceann Comhairle's office

Deputy Michael P Kitt

Deputy Colm Keaveney

Deputy Robert Troy

Deputy Caoimghin O Caoilain

Deputy Finian McGrath

Deputy Mary Mitchell O Connor

Elaine Deegan (Deputy Tommy Broughan's Office)

Tom Cosgrave (Deputy Sean Kenny's Office)

Senator Jillian Van Turnhout


Deputy Roisin Shorthall

Deputy Ged Nash

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett

Deputy Maureen O Sullivan

Deputy Michael Colreavy

Deputy Terence Flanagan

Senator Mark Daly

Deputy Denis Naughten

Noran Casey (Deputy Robert Dowd's Office)

Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick

Deputy Willie Penrose

Senator Averil Power

Colin Lawless (Deputy Pat Rabitte's office)

Aoife O Driscoll (Senator Ivana Bacik's office)

Senator Mary Moran

Deputy Catherine Murphy

Deputy Joan Collins

Deputy Jerry Buttimer

Deputy Nicky McFadden


Attached Documents

DOC icon NAI Briefing for Oireachtas members 27 February 2013 (final_briefing_doc.doc | 212 kB)
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