Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as "disgraceful" the cuts to day services for young people with severe disabilities while at the same time the number of top HSE managers on salaries of over €100,000 has increased in the past year.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
"It is disgraceful that hundreds of young people with severe disabilities who have finished school are to be denied the day services they need due to Coalition Government cutbacks. Cutting the allocation from almost €10 million in 2012 to €4 million in 2013 can only be described as callous in the extreme.
"While this cruel cut is imposed we find that there are now 129 senior HSE executives on salaries of over €100,000 per annum - that is up from the start of 2012 when I was given the figure of 110 in reply to a Dáil Question.
"This cut should not go ahead and the needs of young people with disabilities should be put before overpaid HSE bosses."