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Ombudsman recommendations must be implemented - Gerry Adams TD

15 January, 2018 - by Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has called on the government to “agree to the speedy implementation of the recommendations of the Ombudsman for Children and to urgently provide the additional funding needed to provide a respite action plan for the 500 children with disabilities who have been failed by the HSE and Tusla”.

Gerry Adams said:

“The report by the Ombudsman for children confirms what I and others have consistently said in the Dáil about the lack of respite services for children with disabilities.

“In my own constituency of Louth and East Meath there is a serious lack of scheduled respite services for children with disabilities. Children and their carers have been living in a perpetual crisis. I have met with many families who are in desperate need and who all tell the same story of never ending fights with the HSE and Tusla for supports and respite care which should be theirs by right.

“I want to commend the families and carers of children with disabilities who are doing their best in very difficult circumstances.

“The onus is now on the government to fully implement the recommendations of the Ombudsman for Children in respect of the HSE and Tusla and to do so in a firm tight time-frame.”


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