CFI Statement on the passing of former Senator Feargal Quinn

Statement from Cystic Fibrosis Ireland on the sad passing of former Senator Feargal Quinn

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland today mourns the death of former Senator Feargal Quinn, who was the first champion of the proposed new form of organ donor consent in Ireland.

Philip Watt, Chief Executive, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, stated:

“Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is very saddened to learn of the death of former Senator Feargal Quinn who was a tireless campaigner for improved organ donation, including what is now called ‘soft opt-out’ organ donor consent*.

The former Senator introduced the Human Body Organs & Human Tissue Bill 2008 as a Private Members Bill, and was the initial impetus behind the current moves to introduce soft opt-out organ donation legislation which is shortly to come before Government for approval.

His objective in championing the cause of organ donation was to save lives and the new legislation will undoubtedly form a key part of the extensive legacy that he leaves behind.

It would be entirely fitting that the former Senator’s contribution to the forthcoming soft opt-out legislation should be acknowledged in some way when the Human Tissue Bill commences its legislative journey."

On behalf of the cystic fibrosis community in Ireland, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland wishes to record its deep appreciation of the former Senator’s contribution to advancing the cause of organ donation, and to extend its deepest sympathy to Feargal’s wife Denise, his children, relatives and wide circle of friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

ENDS

* Soft opt-out is so-called as it is where consent is presumed by default, unless a person opts out or a family does not wish to proceed