Need for progress on Dáithí's Law is vital

DUP Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Health Spokesperson Paul Givan met wtith Dáithí MacGabhann and his father Màirtín this morning to discuss issues facing the progression of Daithi’s Law.

By Paul Givan MLA

Lagan Valley

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Commenting after the meeting Sir Jeffrey said, “Next Wednesday marks one year since the Assembly passed the final stage of Dáithi’s Law. It was a significant piece of legislation not just for Dáithí and his family, but for all those across Northern Ireland who are waiting on a transplant.

There was cross-party agreement in moving to the ‘opt-out’ system and there is similar unity in support of the further necessary legislation being brought to Parliament. It is important that all options are on the table, but the need for progress to be made quickly is vital. It is welcome that the Secretary of State is exploring all possible avenues, and whilst a Private Members Bill in the House of Commons also remains a possibility, this would not be the ideal route.

Paul Givan said, "The Government have moved quickly on occasion to bring forward legislation in relation to Northern Ireland, including in the face of significant local opposition. At a time of major political differences this legislation could be a powerful symbol of how Northern Ireland can come together.

I pay tribute to Màirtín and Seph for their courage and determination. Having secured the breakthrough of legislation being passed in the Assembly, all that is required now is the final piece of this puzzle to be put into place both for Dáithí and all those who would benefit from the law into the future.”

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