Deputy Ferris Congratulates Minister Griffin and Raises Plight of Listowel Boy

Martin Ferris, TD – while welcoming the appointment of his constituency colleague, Brendan Griffin, TD., he raises the issue of the scandalous hospital appointment wait imposed on a Listowel family and their 10-year-old boy. © Photograph: John Reidy

Sinn Féin TD for Kerry Martin Ferris has welcomed the appointment of fellow Kerry TD Brendan Griffin as a junior minister.
“I would like to congratulate my colleague Brendan Griffin, on his promotion, it is a proud day for himself and his family,” said Deputy Ferris.

“It is welcome news for Kerry as we seem to have been forgotten down here by this government. There are enormous problems still facing the county and hopefully with Deputy Griffin’s elevation some of these will now be tackled.

“The infrastructure, and particularly the roads in the county,  are not fit for purpose and need major investment.

“There is still a huge demand for quality jobs in the county and I would hope that projects like Shannon LNG can finally be brought to fruition. I look forward to working with Brendan to progress these and other important issues for the benefit of the entire county.”

“Listowel Boy Must Have Surgery”  Deputy Ferris
Martin Ferris TD  has critiscised the Minister for Health and the HSE over the delay a young Kerry boy is experiencing in waiting for an urgent operation at Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
“The family of a 10 year old Listowel boy who had his surgery postponed last November have contacted me over the ongoing delays their son is experiencing in getting this very necessary operation,” said Deputy Ferris.

“Despite a previous postponement and being put on the urgent list in Crumlin in May, the family is still no wiser as to when the operation will take place. I have contacted the office of the Minister for Health on a number of occasions to highlight the plight of this young boy and his family.

“It is not acceptable that this unfortunate child has to suffer due to the lack of resources facing the HSE and the Minister for Health needs to be held accountable.

“This boy has just been released from University Hospital Kerry after spending nearly a week there again due to complications arising from a previous surgery. Our hospitals are being clogged up because of cases like this which unfortunately are not a priority for this government,” Deputy Ferris concluded.
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