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McGrath: NI Secretary Has Responsibility to Progress Dáithí’s Law

SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said NI Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris needs to take responsibility and progress Dáithí’s Law.

He was speaking after a meeting between the Secretary of State and the MacGabhann family on Wednesday.

South Down MLA Mr McGrath said:

“The Secretary of State had the opportunity today to express his full support for the MacGabhann family and their inspirational campaign to help those across the North in need of organ transplants. He could have pledged to do everything in his power to get this legislation over the line as quickly as possible and I understand the MacGabhann family’s frustrations.

“The British government has previously created time and space to legislate on issues impacting people here and Dáithí’s Law has the support of every political party, the public campaign has received huge backing, but still the Secretary of State fails to act.

“While this delay continues people’s lives are on the line. We need to do everything we can to progress this legislation to give those on transplant waiting lists the best chance of survival and recovery. That the MacGabhann family have been left considering legal action to get progress is outrageous and I would urge the Secretary of State to reconsider his position and use every avenue open to him to progress this legislation.”


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