Brendan O’Connor appeared as a guest on the Late Late Show tonight and his interview has since been highly praised on social media.
The RTÉ presenter talked passionately about his own experience of being the father of a child with a disability.
O’Connor’s seven-year-old daughter Mary has Down Syndrome.
Brendan spoke up about the huge number of children on waiting lists for special needs services and called out for Irish politicians, including the Taoiseach to make a change.
People have since taken to social media to praise and thank him for his words.
Well said Brendan O Connor! the wait to access essential services for kids with additional needs is an ongoing scandal. Kids with DD and SEN (and their families) deserve so much better #latelate— Catriona Connolly (@Catthedog04) March 9, 2018
— Ken Sweeney (@KenSweeney) March 9, 2018
I never thought I'd say this as not normally a fan, but most of Brendan O'Connor's interview on the #LateLate was v good. Certainly doing wonders for those with special needs who need their voice heard— Morgan O'Callaghan (@MorgantheBriar) March 9, 2018
Insightful and honest insight into REAL Inequality for kids with special needs. Politicians Prioritising equality issues which are insignificant compared to these kids.March 9, 2018
The greatest respect for Brendan O'Connor for bringing attention to such important issues that affect so many children with disabilities in Ireland #LateLate— Roisin K (@Roisinkinane) March 9, 2018
Go Brendan, go on, go on 👏👏👏 #LateLate— Annette Lawson (@AnnetteLawson) March 9, 2018
What a super interview, well done Brendan O’Connor #latelate— Liz Giltinane 🕵🏻♀️ (@LizGiltinane) March 9, 2018
"In a bizarre way Leo is the Taoiseach and he is the top politician in the country, he's kind of made himself above politics which is an extraordinary thing" - Brendan O'Connor on @campaignforleo #latelate pic.twitter.com/sfpOQfJurm— The Late Late Show (@RTELateLateShow) March 9, 2018