MRCG Manifesto for Medical Research

Image of MRCG Manifesto documentThe Medical Research Charities Group (MRCG) calls on Government to increase investment in medical research, to streamline access to new therapies and to develop national disease registries.

The MRCG represents a coalition of more than 30 charities, including Fighting Blindness. On Thursday, November 26, the group published a Manifesto for Medical Research.

The MRCG want to ensure there is a dynamic medical research environment in Ireland. Ensuring priority investment for medical research will help to deliver patient care, public health service transformation and economic and enterprise development. A well-functioning medical research infrastructure will ultimately help patients, the health system and the economy.

The following are the key priority areas for the members of the MRCG that we are asking political parties to take on board when they are developing party platforms for the General Election and any subsequent Programme for Government;

  1. A commitment to increased investment for medical research.
  2. Appointment of a Director of Research in the HSE and the appointment of a HSE Working Group on access to new and innovative therapies.
  3. Development and maintenance of patient registries.
  4. Passing of the Human Tissue Bill and the Health Information & Patient Safety Bill.
  5. Implementation and resourcing plan, and oversight group for the National Rare Disease Plan.

The Medical Research Charities Group (MRCG) is an umbrella body of more than 30 medical research and patient support charities, which represents the joint interests of charities specialising in restoring health through medical research, diagnosis and treatment and, where possible, the prevention of disease. Its mission is to generate a dynamic medical research environment in Ireland. You can download a copy of the MRCG Manifesto for Medical research here. For more information, please visit

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Members of the Medical Charities Research Group (L-R) Marie Downes, MRCG; Avril Kennan, Debra Ireland; Jenny Watson, MRCG; Niamh Doyle, MRCG; Grace Cappock, MRCG; Maria Meehan, Fighting Blindness; Philip Watt, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland; Kitty O’Connor, Alpha One Foundation; Rob O’Connor, Irish Cancer Society; Suzanne McCormack, Irish Thoracic Society; Clair Kelly, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland; Katie Murphy, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.