During the Sinn Fein Private Members debate on bilateral cochlear implants, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien stood in silence for a number of minutes in the chamber in order to try and highlight to the government what life is like for profoundly deaf children who are denied these implants.
Speaking after this, the Cork North Central TD said;
“I stood in silence in the Dáil chamber today to try and make the government understand what they are doing to children who are profoundly deaf when they deny them a second bilateral cochlear implant.
“There are around 200 very small children who need these implants which would make a drastic difference to their future quality of life and it is a scandal that the government will not pay for this.
“I am calling on this Government to demonstrate some humanity and ensure the HSE introduce a programme to provide these children with the treatment they need so that they are not condemned to a life in silence."