Norma Foley Welcomes Health Minister’s Decision to Reimburse for Life-saving Drug

Minister for Education and Kerry TD. Norma Foley has welcomed the announcement by Minster for Health, Stephen Donnelly that the drug Zolgensma which is used for the treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy will be reimbursed for patients who meet the specified criteria.

This decision, which represents a very significant development for the state as it is the first time Ireland has agreed to fund a drug for rare diseases, will ensure that a Killorglin child can now avail of this life altering treatment.

“I have raised this issue several times with my cabinet colleague Minister Donnelly and highlighted the vital importance of this life saving drug for the benefit of patients including a young patient from Kerry.

“I am delighted with this positive announcement,” said Minister Foley.

Minister Foley Welcomes Over €535,000 in Supports for MTU Students

Minster for Education and Kerry T.D Norma Foley welcomes the announcement of €238,144 in funding for MTU Kerry campus students through the Student Assistance Fund (SAF).

A further €301,000 in funding will be made available in funding for student mental health services across the entire MTU campus.

The SAF provides financial support to full or part-time students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college.

“I welcome this funding which will benefit students in two key areas,” said Minster Foley.

“It will provide both financial assistance in addition to enhanced mental health and well-being supports. 

“Students have endured an incredibly difficult 18 months due to Covid-19 and while they are now back on campus, some are still in need particular support – in both a financial and a well-being sense,” she said.

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