Lobby Your Representative

Public representatives should be asked to honor the promise to legislate for stem cell research in Ireland - as included in the Program for Government.

Ask them to implement the recommendations made by the Irish Council of Bioethics pertaining to stem cell research and research integrity.
See recommendations here and also here.

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Here are the steps:

  1. Learn who your TD(s) is/are on this Oireachtas Members Database.
    (Links to websites are provided, emails addresses can be found in the contact area of each website).
  2. Send an email to your TD(s) (Suggestion for text below).
  3. CC the following Ministers who have directly responsiblity for stem cell legislation, research and education:

Minister Responsible for Research is

Sean Sherlock TD
Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and Department of Education & Skills with responsibility for Research & Innovation
Email sean.sherlock@oir.ie
Tel: 022 53523 | Mobile: 087 7402057

Minister Responsible for Health is

Dr James Reilly TD
Email:minister's_office@health.irlgov.ie
Tel: 01 6354000

Minister responsible for Education is

Ruairi Quinn TD
Email: minister@education.gov.ie
Tel: 01 6183434

NOTE:

  • ALL Letters and emails should include: Your full name and address and contact details
  • ALL Letters should be headed with: Your full name and address and contact details, as well as those of the recipient.
  • TD's should be addressed as Deputy + Last Name

Sample Emails

#1: Stem Cell Law

Dear [...]
I write to you as a registered voter to urge you to legislate for stem cell research in Ireland. This was promised in the program for government. The current void of legislation puts Irish patients at unnecessary risk and expense, deters investment and expertise coming to Ireland, allows the general public to be easily confused about stem cells, and impairs Ireland's capacity to do internationally competitive R&D in a growing number of areas.

Kind regards,

[Your own full name and address and contact details]

#2: Stem Cell Basics on the Biology Cirriculum

Dear [...]

I write to ask you to put rudimentary stem cell biology on the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Biology Curricula. The technology is at the centre of many biomedical pursuits including drug screening and cell replacement therapies. Irish students and the public need to know the basics.

Kind regards,

[Your own name and address and contact details]

 

 
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