Media Coverage During Parkinson's Awareness Week:



The Parkinson’s Association received considerable media coverage for both the protest outside Leinster House at the end of March and Awareness Week which this year focussed on the theme ‘Living with Parkinson’s’. The protest generated political interest, with a substantial number of TDs and Senators expressing interest in, and sympathy for, our cause. This is support which is worth fostering and following-up on before budgets for 2019 are finalised.

Thanks are owed to members of the regional, Dublin and Young Parkinson’s branches for their time and commitment in travelling to the protest and doing interviews on local radio stations. In particular, those who were willing to share their stories with the wider public on what it’s like Living with Parkinson’s and the difficulties in accessing adequate health services.

For the first time, reports on Parkinson’s issues were featured on both the main TV3 News at 5.30 and RTE’s 6.1 News.

Other national coverage included pieces in the Irish Examiner, Irish Times Health Supplement on the and on TV3’s Ireland am.

The European Parkinson’s Disease Association encouraged videos and posts on social media from all over the world on World Parkinson’s Day, 11th April. Sabrina in Head Office posted videos from Ireland that day which Eugene Cashell had gathered at the protest.

Awareness Week Coverage

National Media

RTE One TV:  One O’Clock News and 6.1 News (6.1 News audience = 300,000+)

Awareness Week report: Tony Brady explaining what it’s like to have Parkinson’s Disease to his granddaughter's.

News2day, RTE2 16:20 -  Awareness Week report: another version of interview with Tony Brady explaining what it’s like to have Parkinson’s Disease to his granddaughters also clip of Tony’s son – aimed at younger viewers.

Click the link to view Tony's interview click here 

RTE One TV: Today with Maura and Dáithí at 17:15 approx

Interview with Muriel Bolger, Travel writer and author who has Parkinson's and Dr Sean O'Sullivan from the Bons Secours. Good mentions of Parkinson’s Awareness Week, PAI website and Freephone number.

TV3 Ireland am  Wednesday 11th April - YPI’s Clare Connolly and Irene Treacy, Smovey Coach interview.

Irish Times Health & Family Supplement – Four items across two weeks

Healthboard Paragraph about Parkinson's Awareness Week and Unity Walk - To read article click here

Profile of Fiona Staunton, Ennis, on living with Parkinson’s - To read article click here

Irish Times Health & Family Supplement 10th  April Profiles of Danny Byrne and Gerry Peake: - To read article click here Saturday 7th April 11pm

This in-depth piece about the issues, and including an interview with Michael Hennelly from the Galway branch , had more than 23,000 views within 24 hours. Living with Parkinson's in Ireland: 'If I was dependent on the HSE I wouldn't be able to move now'. To read click here

Spirit Radio, Saturday 7th April - 

Eugene Cashell, Chairman, Dublin branch, live interview re Awareness Week and campaign for funding and specialist nurses.


Friday 6th April: Shannonside Radio – interview Adell Dunleavy, Longford

Website heading read: Longford Parkinson’s sufferer blasts lack of neurological services

By Eoghan Murphy 6th April 2018

“I think it’s a scandal.”

That’s how one Longford woman who is living with Parkinson’s has described the lack of neurological consultants to cope with the estimated 800,000 people suffering with health issues. Adell Dunleavy is one of dozens of people in the Shannonside region who are battling for increased Parkinson’s and other health-related services supports from the HSE. She says the lack of support for people with serious health issues is shocking.

Monday 9th April

Keith Finnegan Show, Galway Bay FM: interview with Marie Cahill, Galway Branch

Dublin City Radio: interview with Paula Gilmore CEO

Tuesday 10th April -

BBC Radio Ulster: interview as Gaeilge with Sinead O’Kane, Dublin Branch Administrator

Liffey Radio: interview with Paula Gilmore CEO

Sunshine Radio:Broadcast notice re Awareness Week and Unity Walk in their Diary slot

Clare Champion: Interview with Fiona Staunton:


The lunchtime protest outside the gates of Leinster House pm Thursday, 29th March was a success on several levels.

  1. Political: There was genuine interest from politicians who attended the briefing given by Paula Gilmore and Gary Boyle in Leinster House the day before the protest. More than 25 TDs and Senators came out and chatted to the protestors. Marian Harkin MEP addressed the protest and Minister of State Helen McEntee accepted the petition and letter for the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD Parliamentary Questions were also put down by several TDs. These TDs and senators are worth lobbying in the run-up to the budget this autumn.
  2. PAI Branches: Groups travelled from our branches in Mayo, Galway, Cork, Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford, Cavan, Louth/Meath and Dublin to attend the protest which allowed the issues from around the country to be heard. There was an atmosphere of great camaraderie at the protest
  3. Media Coverage: Aside from the national coverage mentioned above, ten local radio interviews were done, mainly by spokespeople from local branches. A variety of regional newspapers included coverage on their websites and/or in their next editions




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