I propose to take Questions Nos. 594 and 597 together.
The Deputy will be aware that the programme for Government, An Action Programme for the Millennium, contains a specific commitment to support the establishment of a heart and lung transplant facility in Ireland. At present Irish patients requiring this service travel to the UK.
In terms of advancing the arrangements necessary to establish an Irish based programme, the Mater Hospital has been designated as the surgical site in Ireland for heart and lung transplants. The Mater Hospital will provide this service, in association with other key service providers, in particular St. Vincent's Hospital, Elm Park which is the major centre for the treatment of adult cystic fibrosis.