Thursday, 16 April 2015
Order of Business
I thank the Cathaoirleach for his advice. This is a matter of which legislators need to be aware. This is not an arcane, theoretical issue of some far distant public policy. Three weeks from now this country will be down one critically important specialist who has not as yet been replaced.
I take this opportunity to comment on the recent, sad loss of Dr. Mary Redmond, founder of the Irish Hospice Movement and an extraordinarily accomplished woman. In addition to her many professional achievements, when she saw a huge gap and need in the development of palliative and hospice services in this country, rather than just wringing her hands about the problem she did something about it. I pay tribute to her and offer my sympathy to her family. Dr. Redmond did this country an extraordinary service.