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Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD calls for the end of use of Larium by Irish soldiers serving overseas

16 September, 2016 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, Sinn Féin Defence Spokesperson, has called on the Minister of State at the Department of Defence Paul Kehoe TD, to instruct the Defence forces to immediately end the use of controversial anti-malaria drug Larium by Irish soldiers on duty overseas after the recent decision to withdraw it from sale in Ireland.

Speaking today Teachta Ó Snodaigh said;

"I have been raising concerns in relation to the use of Larium and its possible links with adverse reactions among soldiers who were issued with the drug when on UN missions in Africa in particular.  Military authorities in several other countries have stopped issuing Larium to their troops and I believe it's high time that the Irish military authorities did the same.

“I am calling on Minister Paul Kehoe to do what the last few ministers of defence have failed to do and withdraw this drug with immediate effect."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh also called on the Minister to get the working group which has been looking at this matter since 2013 to conclude its deliberations and publish a report within weeks.

A number of former soldiers are currently taking a case against the state due to severe side effects they say was caused by the drugs issued to them while on duty in sub-Saharran Africa, this includes paranoia, anxiety, depression and suicidal behaviour.


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