Brandon's 'life matters too' says senator after his cancer treatment was delayed again

'I want someone to tell me that Brandon Bolger will not be made to wait for cancer treatment again...'

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A Carlow senator has hit out at the Government for "failing the people" and said Brandon Bolger's "life matters too" after the young boy's cancer treatment was delayed again recently.

Brandon, 10, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma – a rare disease affecting bone or soft tissue – last March.

Since then he has been receiving strong doses of chemotherapy at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin every two weeks.

Brandon had to wait several days for cancer treatment again recently as no bed was available.

Speaking in the Seanad in the last few days, Senator Jennifer Murnane O'Connor was speaking about the failures of the State in the case of Emma Mhic Mhathúna - the mother of five who was one of those affected by the smear test controversy. 

Emma passed away last Sunday.

Senator Murnane O'Connor said: "Last week, despite promises made to me that it would not happen again, a ten year old boy from Carlow, Brandon Bolger, was also failed.

"His chemotherapy was delayed because there was no bed for him, the third time in a few weeks he had had no bed, delaying his chemotherapy. Other children are in the same position.

"I put forward a Commencement matter and the Minister apologised, but the same thing happened two days ago. What is wrong with our society when we allow women to die unnecessarily and when we keep vital treatment from sick children?

"Real people matter, not numbers, and my thoughts and prayers go to Emma Mhic Mhathúna's five children in Kerry [on Wednesday] as they lay their mother to rest.

"She fought very hard to ensure women's lives mattered in this country and she inspired us all."

The Senator added: "I call for action on promises made. I want someone to tell me that Brandon Bolger will not be made to wait for cancer treatment again.

"His life matters too, and I am calling on this Government to stop breaking its promises and failing the people."