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Clare asks the Minister why Lariam continues to be the first-line drug of choice for Irish Defence Forces serving in Sub-Saharan Africa, given the high risk of serious, permanent neuropsychiatric side-effects being experienced by those who take the drug. Side-effects include depression, anxiety, hallucinations, psychosis, and sleep disturbance. Lariam is a third-line, drug of last resort for US troops serving in the same region, one which is only issued if other anti-malarials aren’t tolerated by an individual for some reason, because of the severity and permanence of its side-effects.
Clare challenged the Minister for Defence on a number of issues, including the deployment of Irish soldiers to the Golan Heights in light of Israel finding and intending to claim oil on territory outside its own; the continuing practice of prescribing Lariam as the preferred anti-malarial to Irish soldiers in Sub-Saharan Africa, something which puts Ireland at odds with prescribing policies in the UK and the US, amongst others; Horizon 2020; and the progress of the review of the fire on board the LÉ Clíona on 29 May 1962. You can read Clare’s questions and his answers below.
To ask the Minister for Defence if he has received the report of the Working Group on the use of Lariam in the Defence Forces; and if he will outline its contents. DEPUTY CLARE DALY.
Clare asked the Minister for Agriculture whether he has any plans to provide for the re-introduction of native trees and hedgerows on uplands as flood-prevention measure. Unfortunately her question wasn’t selected from the lottery, so she didn’t have a chance to debate the issue with the Minister, but you can read his reply below.
Clare asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation about Irish military exports, in particular, exports to Saudi Arabia, a country whose enormously troubling human rights record is well-known. The Minister puts the omission of €2.7 million worth of exports to Saudi Arabia in 2013/2014 from his Department’s annual report for that period down to a ‘compiling error’. He says that these exports were missed because they weren’t direct exports to Saudi Arabia, and passed through a middleman before they got there. However, he acknowledges that information on exports of this kind had been contained in the 2011/2012 report – we have to wonder, therefore, why it was not contained in the report for the following year.