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Seanad Éireann,  End-of-Life Care and Bereavement April 2014

Proposed by Senator Marie Louise O Donnell, a members motion on End-of-Life Care and Bereavement was discussed on Wednesday April 16th.

Full transcript of the motion can be accessed HERE

Watch recording HERE


Joint Committee Hearings October / November 2013

Between October 24th and 14th November 2013 the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, held a series of public hearings chaired by Jerry Buttimer TD end-of-life care issues in Ireland.  Expert speakers addressed the committee and examined current arrangements for end-of-life care in Ireland and what measures can be taken to ensure that persons of all ages approaching end of life are enabled to die well and with dignity.

Speakers including Irish Hospice Foundation CEO Sharon Foley, addressed issues including; planning for end of life, the role of specialist palliative care, death in hospital, at home and in long-stay residential facilities, children, diversity and bereavement care.  Further details are available here.

Irish Hospice Foundation submission to committee – Download HERE 

Session 1 October 24 – ‘Why is End-Of-Life Care important?’ 

Full transcript of October 24th – Session 1   

Session 2 October 24th – ‘What is the role of specialist palliative care?’ 

Full Transcript October 24th Session 2

>> Watch recording of session 1 & 2 (Via Oireachtas TV)

Session 3 November 5 – ‘Dying in the community’

Full Transcript November 5th – Session 3 

Session 4 November 7th – ‘Children & End-of-life’ 

Full Transcript November 7th – session 4


>>Watch recording of session 4 & 5 (via Oireachtas TV) 

Session 5 November 7th – ‘Diversity & Bereavement’ 

Full Transcript Session 5 – November 7th 

 Session 6 November 14th – ‘Dying in hospital’ 

Full Transcript Session 6 – November 14th 

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