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Ó Donnghaile calls for lifetime blood ban to be lifted

22 June, 2016 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has called for the Irish government to follow the lead of northern Health Minister Michelle O'Neill and lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. 

Seanador Niall Ó Donnghaile said: 

"I am calling on the health minister to attend the Seanad at the earliest possible time to listen to the debate about lifting the ban on lifetime blood donations from MSM (men who have sex with men).

"I think the minister should follow the decision taken by the North's minister and my party colleague Michelle O'Neill who recently lifted the life-time blood ban on MSM.

"The health services, in this country north and south are about helping people and saving lives. Blood donations regularly do both.

"People who wish to donate blood and give the gift of life to others should not only be encouraged to do so but enabled to do so as well.

"The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is appealing for blood donors to come forward.

"The minister should assist those who want to donate blood and act as his northern counterpart did recently."

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