Ó Snodaigh confident that SF motion to ban Lariam will be ratified this week in the Dáil
Speaking ahead of today’s Private Members’ debate on his motion to ban the use of the anti-malaria drug Lariam for Irish Defence Forces serving overseas, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Defence Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said:
“For many years, I have lobbied successive Government Ministers on the dangerous and potentially fatal side effects associated with Lariam and I am hopeful that my motion, which will be debated today, will pass when it is voted on tomorrow.
“It is simply scandalous that the Department of Defence has refused to replace Lariam with a safer alternative. They have ignored the plight of serving and retired personnel who have suffered from its serious side-effects and have dismissed the very credible and growing body of research into the serious side effects of Lariam.
“Moreover, they have failed to comply with UN guidelines on the dangers of Lariam and the advice that an alternative drug should be administrated to soldiers serving in countries where there is the risk of malaria.
“The position adopted by this Government contrasts with most other countries, including the United States who only issue Lariam for military personnel in exceptional circumstances. ‘Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil’ has been the stock response to the suffering of our military, whose scandalous treatment is impossible to fathom.
“If this motion, which has the support of the majority of the opposition, is ratified we will be demanding that the government finally act and implement the will of House and stop prescribing Lariam to our troops serving overseas.”