Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement

Engagement with Core Working Group for the All-Island Cancer Research Institute

Photo of Erin McGreehanErin McGreehan (Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I congratulate and welcome the members of the core working group of AICRI. It is a great pleasure to have the witnesses in front of us. I congratulate them on the incredible work they have been doing over the past few decades. I have been to webinars and many information sessions in the past while organised by Professor Mark Lawler. The work that has been done in recent years is incredible. I have been reading up on the success of what has happened in the past two decades. Will the witnesses tell the committee what has been going on, the successes there have been and the inroads made in regard to cancer research since the Good Friday Agreement? As one of the speakers said, the Good Friday agreement had tangible outputs in regard to cancer research and the witnesses might comment on that. I congratulate them on the signing of the revised memorandum of understanding last March, which was hugely significant. To have President Biden, the Taoiseach and the two health Ministers on this island reaffirming their commitment to all-Ireland cancer research was a very important message. I also ask for the witnesses’ point of view on how cancer research can help the all-Ireland economy and how this committee can help them to further their work.


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