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One in four of us will need a blood transfusion at least once in our life, but, shockingly, attendance at donation centres has dropped 21 percent compared to ten years ago.


Speaking on Morning Ireland earlier, Director of Operations at the Irish Blood Transfusion Service Paul McKinney says while they try to keep a seven day supply, the lack of donations has seen it slowly diminish.



“Our major blood groups, O-, O+ and A+, are three days under," he said.


"We try to keep a stock level of seven days, but we are at a low level and that’s why we’re making an appeal today for donors to come to our clinics over the next three weeks.”



Appealing to the Irish public to step up, Mr McKinney explained that 1,500 additional donations are needed over the next three weeks.


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