Press Release

Minister O´Malley welcomes Spinal Injuries Action Association´s new Study

Mr Tim O´Malley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today (9th June 2004) welcomed the recent publication of the Spinal Injuries Action Association´s findings of their Report The Reality of Living with a Spinal Cord Injury. Spinal Injuries Ireland was founded in 1993 by a group of individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and, over the last 10 years has grown from being a small peer support voluntary association to becoming the national organisation representing people with spinal injuries across the country.

Based in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dún Laoghaire, Spinal Injuries Ireland provides support and outreach to over 1,200 members and their families nationwide. On average one person a week in Ireland sustains a spinal cord injury and the majority of these occur amongst 18 – 35 year olds. After sustaining a spinal cord injury approximately 75% do not return to the workplace.

Minister O´Malley in welcoming the key findings of the Report stated “this study provides valuable information which gives an insight into the key concerns of those with Spinal Cord Injuries and will help my Department to incorporate into future planning and policy making the needs of those with SCI”.