Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on the Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government Phil Hogan to reverse the decision to cease funding to the Irish Deaf Society.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“It was with dismay that people learned this week of the decision of Minister Phil Hogan to refuse funding to the Irish Deaf Society, resulting, on Tuesday 1 July, in the closure of its National Advocacy Service with full loss of staff.
“Minister Hogan must be well aware that the Irish Deaf Society is the representative group for deaf people in Ireland. He must also be aware of the vital work carried out by the Irish Deaf Society in assisting deaf people to play a full part in society and to gain access to their rights and entitlements in terms of education, employment, healthcare and other public services.
“I have written to the Minister calling on him to reverse this decision without further delay and to ensure a continuing stream of funding for the Irish Deaf Society so that they can resume their very valuable work.”