* Minister Varadkar was asked by Finian McGrath TD if he will support Biobank Trust Ireland (sic) in 2015-2016 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.
I acknowledge the benefits that would accrue from a national biobanking infrastructure. In 2012 the Health Research Group adopted a National Plan for Biobanking. An action “to take steps to establish a national biobanking system and support infrastructure by 2016” was subsequently included in the Action Plan for Jobs.
The Health Research Board, which is funded by my Department, has led work on the biobanking initiative with the relevant agencies and is progressing the initiative. It would, therefore, be appropriate for Biobank Trust Ireland to engage with the HRB on the matter.
See link to RTE news coverage of the “Biobank Ireland – Now We Are 10” meeting in September 2014.