Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 17 November 2022

Committee on Public Petitions

Decisions on Public Petitions Received

Photo of Martin BrowneMartin Browne (Tipperary, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

Is that agreed? Agreed.

Petition No. 42 of 2022 is titled “Project Morrígan” from Mr. Chris Gaffney. This petition relates to a proposed approach for the Houses of the Oireachtas to consider the establishment of an institution or institutions dedicated to the scientific study of unidentified aerial phenomena, SSUAP, with the aim of alleviating the climate crisis by encouraging research at national, European and United Nations level. According to Wikipedia, an unidentified flying object, more recently renamed by US officials as unidentified aerial phenomena, UAP, is any perceived aerial phenomenon that cannot be immediately identified or explained. The secretariat corresponded with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications on behalf of the petitioner and the Department replied advising that the matter is more appropriate for the Department of Defence and-or the Department of Transport. The secretariat then corresponded with the Departments of Defence and Transport and forwarded the response from the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications to the petitioner. The petitioner corresponded with the committee on 26 October 2022 with additional material relating to legislative proposals for UAP in America.

The committee recommends that the additional correspondence from the petitioner be forwarded to the Departments of Defence and Transport and that the petition be considered again once responses have been received and that the petitioner be notified of same. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Petition No. 52 of 2022 is titled “Lil Reds Legacy Sepsis Awareness Campaign” from Mr. Joseph Hughes. This petition requests that the Minister for Health, Deputy Stephen Donnelly, and the national sepsis programme of the HSE develop a sepsis awareness campaign for TV and radio explaining to the public how to recognise the signs and symptoms of sepsis. The secretariat corresponded with the Minister for Health and the HSE on behalf of the petitioner. The HSE responded advising that, among other things, the national clinical programme is applying for additional funding to develop a national TV campaign to raise awareness about sepsis which it aims to run in 2023. This was forwarded to the petitioner for comment, as agreed at the committee’s public meeting of 27 October 2022. Since then, the National Patient Safety Office in the Department of Health corresponded with the committee, stating that, following correspondence it received from our committee, it is reviewing its position on this petition and has advised the Minister for Health in that regard.

The committee recommends that this petition be considered again, once a response has been received from the Minister for Health, Deputy Donnelly. Do members have any views?


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