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Dáithí’s Law to bypass Stormont stalemate as Secretary of State takes organ donation law to Westminster

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris has announced plans to pass a stalled organ donation law at Westminster.

Dáithí’s Law, named after a boy in need of a heart transplant, was delayed due to the political impasse at Stormont.

Local Assembly members have been unable to convene to pass the regulations required to implement to the opt-out donation system in the region.

Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris said he would table an amendment to scheduled legislation going through Parliament that would incorporate the organ law.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon Chris Heaton Harris MP, said: “I have been incredibly moved by Dáithí’s story and his family’s dedication.

“I know that the Party Leaders in Northern Ireland feel the same. In recognition of just how important this issue is, I have decided to bring forward an amendment to the Executive Formation Bill which will allow for the overdue legislation to be made by the NI Department of Health and see this change to the law become a reality.

“I would like to reiterate that, if the amendment is selected, the UK Government’s intervention here is exceptional. Decisions such as these should be being taken by locally-elected decision-makers. I urge the Parties to take the necessary steps to tackle all the other vitally important measures, just like this one, that they could deliver in Northern Ireland by simply agreeing to restore the institutions.”

Dáithí Mac Gabhann’s father Máirtín said it was an “emotional day”.

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