Still in the hospital, but planning to head home tonight to “planchar la oreja” in my own bed. Nurses and carers really tried very hard to make me feel as comfortable as possible, but chairs are chairs – and Pádraig is considerably better tonight, though still a bit edgy.

This morning, Pádraig was sent to St. Vincents for a CT in this incredible ambulance.

It was really state-of-the-art. I had to think of the ambulances in Hamburg where the lads had tremendous problems first fitting Pádraig on stretchers that were definitely too short and the trying to close the back doors pushing in his feet in and his knees up so that he’d fit in. My only explanation for this was divine intervention…

Tomorrow lunch time, he’ll be off for an EEG to Vincents.

Loads of developments around An Saol following the volunteer meeting last Monday. I will meet a freelance journalist tomorrow morning to prepare a pledge for candidates in the upcoming elections to support appropriate services for persons with severe brain injuries and their families.

Some volunteers are setting up a policy planning meeting with an organisation that specialises in advising campaign organisers for early in January.

A third group is investigating issues around the non-ratification by Ireland of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons.

Here is what Germany has done.

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Several hundred pages of an Action Plan to realise the goals of this UN Declaration.

Inexplicably, the Irish Government has not ratified this Declaration. It has not even managed to come up with a *draft* implementation plan for its own “National Policy and Strategy for the Provision of Neuro-Rehabilitation Services in Ireland 2011-2015”. Instead, as reported recently on RTĖ, a government minister has managed to push off the funding list neuro-charities and to push in a charity from his local constituency instead – against expert advice, it seems.