Happy Henry Update



Cian O’Daly and son Henry

You may recall the post concerning the removal of Health Card privileges from five-year-old Henry O’Daly,  who is suffering from Hypo-Plastic Left Heart Syndrome.


Dad Cian writes:

Thanks to everyone for the amazing level of support shown over the past few days. I am pleased to let you know that the matter has now reached a positive conclusion whereby Leo Varadkar’s parliamentary policy advisor phoned [Friday] to apologise and to provide definitive confirmation that Henry will retain his medical card. I have no doubt that the support shown by all of you coupled with representations made on my behalf by The Live Line with Joe Duffy Team and the office of [Labour’s] John Lyons TD, expedited the whole process of review and forced the HSE to reverse their decision.

Previously: Dear Leo

13 thoughts on “Happy Henry Update

  1. ahjayzis

    Jaysus that John Lyon’s TD is shockin’ good to campaign to repeal the measures he voted for. Very good of him.

  2. MUlch

    Great news.

    A terrible indictment of the government though where such an obvious case for a card has to go to the public and the media in order to get sorted. It should never have been an issue to begin with.
    Soon, only complaints made on twitter will be fixed by the HSE. Completely broken system.

  3. smoothlikemurphys

    Great news for Henry, bad news for those people that don’t have a social media campaign putting pressure on TDs on their behalf

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Exactly. This isn’t the way politics should be done. HSE can’t actually figure out what to base medical card eligibility on; need or means.

      1. cluster

        That answer should come from their political masters rather than directing them one way and then going back on it when enough of a fuss is raised.

        Personally I think a fully universalist in system makes sense. I’d be happy to pay the money I now give to an insurance company to contribute to a working health system.

    2. Daithif

      Bang on. Delighted as a human being for a sick child but politically this is the digital equivalent of Parish Pump politics we so despise.

      Still, merry Christmas, Henry!

  4. Zynks

    Great, really great, but this story should never have happened in the first place,

    All the best wishes for Henry!

Comments are closed.