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Presentation in the AV Room and launch of Election Document

We were invited to speak in the AV Room at Leinster House on Wednesday, the 17th of April. 

We heard a presentation from our CEO Shane O’Brien, who spoke about the importance of the services we offer, our current funding issues and election asks.

Neurologist Dr Timothy Counihan discussed the importance of the access of therapies and services for people with PD.

We then heard from two people with PD, Brenda O’Connell and Jerome Maume, who discussed their experience with the disease and the importance of our services.

Finally, we heard from Caroline Rushe and Marie Cahill from our Galway Branch, who spoke about the importance of their branch and supports they offer to their members.

We would like to give a special thanks to Noel Grealish TD for organising this event, and thanks to Denis Naughten TD for raising this issue in the Dail yesterday and questioning the Taoiseach on our funding application. You can watch the video clip here.

Concurrent with this event, we launched our election document. 

Our five asks are:

1. An increase in government funding for our services including our PD nurses, and funding for other allied health professional services such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, counselling and dietitians. 

2. The full rollout of the Community Neurorehabilitation Teams in all regions by the end of 2025. 

3. Additional neurologist outreach services in 5 hospitals which don’t currently have a neurologist: Letterkenny, Wexford, Bantry, Portlaoise and Castlebar. 

4. Funding for additional PD nurse posts has been announced in recent budgets. Most of these posts have yet to be filled. We ask that these posts are filled as soon as possible. 

5. Investment into research on the links between exposure to pesticides and PD. In addition, investment should be made into education around safety measures which should be taken when using pesticides, such as the wearing of masks and gloves.

In the coming weeks, we will expand this campaign and ask that our members support these asks.

You can access our full election document here:

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