Press Release

Tánaiste appeals to public to support the Irish Blood Transfusion Services

The Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney T.D., today (10 June) made a special appeal to members of the public, who may be able to do so, to donate blood in order to support the work of the Irish Blood Transfusion Services.

The Tánaiste said “ Blood donors make an essential contribution to society. Every week, hundreds of patients in hospitals throughout the country are helped in their recovery by the ready availability of blood. We cannot take it for granted that blood will always be available when we need it without the generosity of donors.

Through the generosity shown by blood donors, people who are seriously ill can receive the treatment they require. Every year, about 2% of the entire population needs a blood transfusion, and one in four of us will require blood at some point in our lives. The gift of blood which donors provide makes a vital difference to people in need and I would encourage everyone, especially young people, to consider becoming regular donors. “