Annual pre-budget submission campaign - Debra Ireland

Our annual pre-budget submission campaign

Each year, we prepare a pre-budget submission for the Government that highlights the investment that is needed to improve services and supports for people living with or caring for someone with EB.

These pre-budget submissions draw primarily on feedback received from people with EB across the country.

Our "Small ask, big impact" 2024 pre-budget submission campaign

For the second year in a row, we are asking the Government to prioritise EB care.

By investing €810,000 in mental health support, outreach care, and home care for people living with EB, we can make an immediate, positive impact for the approximately 300 people living with EB in Ireland.

How little are we asking for? Less than 2 cups of coffee per person per day.


Based on the average of people living with EB in Ireland (300), the investment we are seeking would cost €7.40 per person a day, less than the price of two cups of coffee.

Join us in asking the Minister for Health to meet with us to learn how this small ask can have a big impact.

Our 2023 Pre-Budget Submission Campaign

Last year, 2,819 people signed our petition asking the Minister for Health to invest in EB care.

In 2022, we asked the Government to invest €941,000 in home care, outreach care and mental health supports for children and adults with EB.

While there were some short-term measures to tackle the cost of living crisis that we welcome, particularly supports for carers and people on disability payments, there was sadly no mention of funding for EB.

Together, we’ve shined a spotlight on the desperate struggle many people living with EB face to get care and support.

Both Sinn Féin and the Social Democrats included investment in EB in their alternative budgets, which shows the progress we’ve made in drawing political attention to the issue.

We sent our open letter to the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, signed by over 2,800 of our wonderful supporters. A huge thank you to everyone who added their name, and to our incredible advocates Emma Fogarty and Liz Collins for leading our #InvestinEB campaign.

Many children and adults living with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) are making every effort to get access to support they desperately need such as reliable and flexible home nursing care, specialist advice and mental health support. Together, we’ve shined a spotlight on the desperate struggle many people living with EB face to get care and support – and called loudly and clearly for investment to improve it.

We will continue to meet with decision-makers, keep people with EB at the centre of our discussions and push for the investment we know is so badly needed.