A Dundalk mother of four has been to the forefront of the campaign calling on the Government to fund a programme that would allow her deaf son to get cochlear implants in both ears. Deanna Cairns has been spearheading the campaign for her son Billy as she is afraid a dealy in getting a second conchlear implant could mean he will never hear in both of this ears.
Last week Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams met with local families campaigning on this issue. .
Speaking after the meeting with the parents and children Deputy Adams said: “Last week I raised this issue with the Taoiseach, and in particular the case of four year old Billy who was born profoundly deaf and has only received one cochlear implant.
“The Taoiseach said that ‘a positive approach will be taken towards it’.
According to Deputy Adams: “In this state children only receive one implant. This is because of inadequate funding. It is not acceptable,” he told the Democrat.
“Current government policy also doesn’t make economic sense. The failure to provide cochlear implants for the small number of children and adults who need them means that the state must provide additional and expensive health and educational supports for decades to come.”
“The government has the solution. The amount of money involved is relatively small, even in these straightened times. All that is required is political will by the government,” he said.
“I intend to continue pursuing this issue with the Taoiseach and Minister for Health. And I would urge citizens to support this campaign and to sign up to the families petition which is on their facebook called ‘Happy New Ear’.”