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Happy New Ear campaigners are optimistic double cochlear implants will be offered to deaf children in 2014 after a “positive” meeting with HSE officials.

Happy New Ear campaigners are optimistic double cochlear implants will be offered to deaf children in 2014 after a “positive” meeting with HSE officials.

The meeting, which was chaired by HSE national director Laverne McGuinness, was held last Friday in Dublin and it is hoped that a submission for double cochlear implants will be included in the HSE business proposal for 2014.

At the meeting, Dr. Gary Norman, who is head of audiology, was tasked with assessing what needs to be done. A plan of action for the next few months was discussed at the meeting.

It is hoped that campaign representatives and the HSE will meet again in May to finalise details of the proposals that will be included in the HSE business proposal for 2014.

“We are highly optimistic and excited following the meeting,” said Lorraine Murphy from the Happy New Ear campaign while speaking to The Dundalk Democrat, “Although it is not over until the fat lady sings.

It has been a rollercoaster week for the local parents, after the Minister for Health, James Reilly, sent a letter refusing to meet the local parents

“It’s disgusting, I still can’t believe his attitude,” said Deanna Cairns. “He is only a Minster because the people voted for him and now he doesn’t even have the time to meet with people. I am still horrified.”