Oireachtas (Irish Government) Health Committee Hearing on Lyme Disease [21 Nov 2013]
On the 21 Nov 2013 the Irish Government Health Committee held a hearing on the prevention and treatment of LYME (Borreliosis) disease in Ireland.
This link shows the official video documentation of the meeting.
Meeting Chair – Deputy Jerry Buttimer – Fine Gael – Chair of the Health Committee [Cork South Central]
Presentations were made by visiting international experts, Irish specialists on ticks and Lyme Disease patients:
_Dr Armin Schwarzbach, MD, Executive Director of BCA Clinic and Medical Director of Infectolab Augsburg, Germany and Member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.
_Dr Eoin Healy, Department of Zoology, University College Cork, Ireland. His area of expertise is tick biology with specific research interests in both tick genetics as well as the factors influencing the micro-distribution of ticks.
_Mr Michael Casey, Head of Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine, Galway, Ireland.
_Ms Lisa Vandegrift Davala – Former Lyme Disease patient and currently Director of a Lyme Disease documentation titled ‘Ticked Off’
_Ms Annette Moloney – Lyme Disease Patient, Limerick, Ireland
_Ms Tracy Brennan – Lyme Disease Patient, Dublin, Ireland
Playback of the meeting is via the in-camera documentation from within the Oireachtas Chamber.
Another link to the proceedings can be found on:
Oireachtas Playback page:
Transcript of the Meeting:
Time Codes for the Hearing:
Speakers / Presentations:
1:25 Dr Armin Schwarzbach (duration 6:15)
7:40 Dr Eoin Healy (duration 7:32)
15:12 Michael Casey (duration 6:17)
21:29 Lisa Vandegrift Davala (duration 8:56)
30:25 Annette Moloney (duration 9:08)
39:17 Tracy Brennan (duration 6:04)
Q&A / Questions from the Elected Representatives and Committee Members:
[Politicians are listed in the format of: Name – Party &/ Role – Constituency]
45:21 Deputy Billy Kelleher – Fianna Fail – Health Spokesperson [Cork North Central]
48:40 Deputy Sandra McLellan – Sinn Fein [Cork]
51:55 Senator John Crown – Independent [Consultant Oncologist]
54:20 Senator Colm Burke – Fine Gael – Health Spokesperson [Cork North Central]
56:55 Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor – Fine Gael [Dun Laoghaire]
58:08 Deputy Dan Neville – Fine Gael – [Limerick]
59:29 Deputy Peadar Toibin – Sinn Fein [Meath West]
Video – Part # 2
0:00 Deputy Peadar Toibin – Sinn Fein [Meath West] – continued
1:00 Deputy Helen McEntee – Fine Gael [Meath East]
Responses from Speakers / Witnesses:
1:58 Dr Armin Schwarzbach (duration 7:00)
8:58 Dr Eoin Healy (duration 4:27)
13:25 Michael Casey (duration 3:38)
17:03 Lisa Vandegrift Davala (duration 5:17)
22:20 Annette Moloney (duration 5:00)
27:20 Tracy Brennan (duration 2:00)
Further Q&A and Responses:
29:20 Dr Eoin Healy
30:11 Senator Jillian Van Turnhout – Independent [Children’s Rights Activist]
30:43 Senator John Crown – Independent [Consultant Oncologist]
31:08 Dr Eoin Healy
31:30 Deputy Jerry Buttimer – Fine Gael – Chair of the Health Committee – Closing Comments
Closing Comments from Health Committee Chair:
“I thank Deputy Nolan, who brought this to our attention. I also thank all the people in the Gallery for being here this morning. You are all very welcome. I thank all the witnesses for coming here this morning, particularly Dr. Schwarzbach, who travelled a long distance to be with us.
Today is the start of what we will examine. The committee will reflect upon our hearings today and we will formulate a response arising from those hearings. It is fair to say that we may have to revisit it again next year, but we will reflect on today's testimonies and the questions and answers. I also thank the witnesses for their substantive written submissions.”
Irish Lyme Disease Patients are hoping that this meeting will lead to further dialogue on the need for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease in Ireland.