Some of you, especially the Irish, probably spent this afternoon getting ready for the big match in Croke Park today, the All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Mayo. If you were in Paris, chances are that you had a brilliant time at the most amazing Kaffeetrinken with the most amazing cakes ahead of that big match.

A really good friend of Pádraig’s organised the first international home-based fundraiser for An Saol in the world’s most romantic city. Look at this – isn’t it absolutely amazing?

To remind us who their fundraising efforts will support, here are a few (‘sample’) stories about people with sABI who contacted me over the past couple of weeks. – If you ever were in any doubt that things have to change….

A young man in his teens with a severe Acquired Brain Injury is about to be sent from an acute hospital to a nursing home – when the family doesn’t want this to happen. Another young man with a brain injury is being looked after by his (single) mother at home – she is getting no help whatsoever. The care and medical decisions of a third young man with a severe acquired brain injury in a nursing home are being made by a doctor who does not share the medical information with the family.

I’ll be meeting the Irish Minister of Health, Simon Harris T.D., tomorrow afternoon with some other family representatives to ask him for his support for An Saol.

What he will decide tomorrow will say a lot about our government and our society.

We know that we’ll always have Paris, though!