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Welcome for European Parliament Vote to Remove VAT on Defibrillators

Date: October 3, 2018

Category: News Article, Health, Volunteering

“Today (3/10/18) in the European Parliament in Strasbourg we have taken a positive step in helping to ensure that medical equipment such as defibrillators can benefit from a zero VAT rate”. This was stated by Marian referring to...[more]

Galway International Heart Failure Conference focus on role of Family Carers

Date: June 27, 2018

Category: News Article, Carers, Health

A Conference on heart failure organised by Croi Galway, in association with the international Heart Hub was opened by Marian Harkin MEP at the Croi Headquarters in Galway, where she spoke about the role of family carers in...[more]

1,700 Delegates Debate Pain Issues at 9th World Congress in Dublin

Date: May 10, 2018

Category: News Article, Health

600,000 people in Ireland suffer from chronic pain with 120,000 in the severe -very severe category, while across the EU 100 million people are similarly affected. This was stated by Independent MEP Marian Harkin speaking at...[more]

Government Slammed for lack of Parkinsons Services

Date: April 2, 2018

Category: News Article, Carers, Health

Ireland has an abysmal record in the care of the 12,000 people diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease and compares very badly with the rest of the West of Europe.[more]

7 Million Work Days Lost in Ireland from Back Pain

Date: November 21, 2017

Category: News Article, Health

“The Early Intervention Toolkit for dealing with musculoskeletal disease has proven its worth in 30 pilot programmes across the EU and is now ready to be rolled out in all Member States”.[more]

Varadkar Divide & Conquer Strategy Unfair to Carers

Date: October 5, 2016

Category: News Article, Carers, Disability Rights, Health

The divide and conquer strategy of Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar which aims to create tension between state pension receivers and carers in the upcoming budget emphasised the valuable role of the independent...[more]

International Disability Law Summer Shool in NUIG

Date: June 20, 2016

Category: News Article, Health, Disability Rights

Senator Tom Harkin who served 30 years in the US Senate, and 10 years before that in the House of Representatives, is a long term friend of Marian’s. [more]

Carers Save Government €4 Billion Per Year

Date: May 30, 2016

Category: News Article, Carers, Health

While welcoming the reinstatement of the Carers Support Grant to its previous level, Independent MEP Marian Harkin said that the government had a long way to go before meeting the deserved support of the country’s over 200,000...[more]

EC Report on Irish Economy a Mixed Bag

Date: May 18, 2016

Category: News Article, Carers, Employment, Health, Disability Rights

Today the EU Commission report card on Ireland's economic and social progress is a mixed bag with some improvements in the areas of Government deficit spending and a drop in unemployment levels but significant challenges in areas...[more]

MEP Accuses HSE on Carers Cutbacks

Date: April 20, 2016

Category: News Article, Carers, Health

The HSE has been accused of using the current political impasse to implement a totally unacceptable cut to homecare packages and home help hours.[more]

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