- Jan 21, 2015
timing seems curious with Brexit around the corner, good move regardless.
Up until now, anyone who lived in the UK between 1980 and 1996 has been not allowed to give a blood donation in Ireland.
Up until now, anyone who lived in the UK between 1980 and 1996 for more than a year has been not allowed to give a blood donation in Ireland.
But next month, from 7 October, that ban will be lifted.
The rule was originally imposed during an epidemic of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, otherwise known as Mad Cow Disease.
In a statement, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service said the ban resulted in the loss of approximately 10,000 donors and has been a source of annoyance to those donors that they have not been able to donate since that date.