Statement from Cystic Fibrosis Ireland regarding the Hyde family
Cystic Fibrosis Ireland has been in touch with the Hyde family to offer them any support it can at this extremely distressing time for them. We are very concerned about their possible deportation from Australia solely on the grounds that their son Darragh has cystic fibrosis and is perceived to be a future health and financial burden on the State. Even at this late stage, it is not too late for the Australian Government to change course and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is calling on it to show compassion and generosity of spirit to a family that continues to make a valuable contribution to the Australia community in which they live.
Philip Watt CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland stated:
“Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is writing to the Australian Ambassador to Ireland to ask for this decision to be reversed on humanitarian grounds. Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is also urging the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney TD, to intervene on behalf of the Hyde family and to use his good offices to secure a positive response from the Australian Government.”