Organ retention should never be allowed to happen again - Bairbre de Brún
Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has this evening said that "the anguish and hurt caused as a result of the retention of patients' organs without fully informed consent should never be allowed to happen again".
Ms de Brún was speaking as a memorial stained glass window was unveiled at the Belfast City Hall this evening, in memory of those whose organs and tissues were removed without their consent following post mortem examinations.
Speaking from Brussels Ms de Brún said:
"Many people have been touched by the suffering that these families have had to go through over the past few years. Not only did they have to contend with the death of a loved one, but they were subsequently informed that organs had been removed without their consent. The anguish and hurt caused as a result of the retention of patients' organs without fully informed consent should never be allowed to happen again.
"I wish to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the families who have organised this memorial service. My deepest sympathy, and that of my party goes out to all of those who have been affected in this way. I hope that this evening's event will help bring some measure of comfort for the families" ENDS