Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Genetic Testing: Motion
Senator Mullen mentioned the stress on parents. There is a hell of a lot more stress if one finds that one's child has a condition and that it is too late to do anything about it. That is where the stress really comes in. What is money when it comes to the saving of children's lives? We have the possibility of saving up to 50 children's lives.
With regard to the samples being used for commercial purposes, it is a real situation, but on the other hand, I heard a debate on the wireless about this just the other day. A woman rang in to say she had certain issues and could not give a damn if it was used for commercial purposes because that she would be bloody happy if she got a cure for her disease. This is an aspect which has to be taken into consideration.
Senator Higgins has given me an OSCE document about sustainable development goals and so on. It is an excellent document which I do not have time to read into the record but I thank Senator Higgins for giving it to me. I welcome that this motion will pass unanimously and will have Government support. It is a good day for Seanad Éireann.