An Irish family facing deportation after having their visa application rejected have now been granted permanent residency.
Dubliners Christine and Anthony Hyde, who have lived in Australia for a decade, were told they would have to leave Australia after their three-year-old son Darragh was considered a “burden” to the country because of his cystic fibrosis, and the cost of his medication.
But they have now been granted permanent residency after Australia’s Minister for Immigration David Coleman used his discretionary powers to intervene.
Christine Hyde, who had driven a massive online campaign to highlight their case, said the family were “so excited” after hearing the news.
“Late yesterday evening we received the good news that we were granted residency,” she said.
“We are so excited, a huge weight has been lifted and we can continue our lives. We will are completely grateful to everyone. Thank you to everyone who supported us.”
The Hydes’ local MP Damian Drum had taken up their case with the Minister and the Premier of Victoria had also called for them to be allowed to stay.
An online petition calling for the Hydes to be allowed to remain in Australia has received over 120,000 signatures.
Earlier, Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews said that he thought the Hydes should be allowed to stay in Australia.
“This is a great family,” he said. “They’ve been SES volunteers and school teachers in their local schools, they’ve have contributed over the past 10 years.
“The young boy was born here, some compassion and some common sense (is needed).
“There’ll be some costs for the medical treatment he needs, but there will be so many more benefits to Seymour, to that local community and indeed for all of us.”