Chairperson of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network and Cavan County Councillor Niamh Smyth has welcomed the decision by the Irish Cancer Society to maintain its financial assistance programme for families of children with cancer.
Cllr. Smyth commented, “This funding provides much needed assistance to families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer. These families are already emotionally vulnerable, with many facing gruelling journeys for treatment, or overnight stays in Dublin to be near their children. This programme eases the financial burden for them and is one less thing for them to worry about.
“It is unbelievable that this programme was ever considered for a cut. All options should have been explored before it was ever tampered with.
“I was contacted by a number of families last week, who were extremely distressed at the prospect of losing this essential support. I am very relieved that the Irish Cancer Society has seen sense and reversed its decision to maintain this financial assistance programme”.