Minister Denis Naughten joined Christine Fenton from Boyle who has Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) at a protest outside Dáil Éireann last week.
The Minister listened to the concerns of Christine and other patients, carers and advocates who gathered outside Leinster House on Thursday, May 10th to demonstrate over support services for those with the illness.
The Millions Missing demonstration is part of a worldwide event initiated by http://www.meaction.net/ to coincide with World ME Day and is called #MillionsMissing.
Many patients with M.E. are bedbound and housebound. They are too ill to attend a demonstration. In their place they sent a pair of shoes with their name tag on them and some detail about themselves.
Minister Naughten assured Christine and the group that he will raise the issue at Government level with Cabinet colleagues and in the meantime he advised Christine and advocates to investigate the possibility of M.E. coming under the Rare Diseases definition.