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Urgent Inquiry needed into Care Facilities for citizens with Intellectual disabilities – Adams

2 July, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has expressed his “deep and serious concern at the highly critical HIQA reports into Cheeverstown House in Dublin and Cregg House in Sligo. These are the latest in a series of damaging and worrying reports”.

 The Sinn Féin leader repeated his call made to the Taoiseach in the Dáil in March, for the government to “establish as a matter of urgency a fully Independent, root-and-branch inquiry into all care facilities for citizens with intellectual disabilities in the State”.

The Sinn Féin leader stated:

“Between the two facilities named by HIQA in these latest reports, 233 citizens with intellectual disabilities and mobility issues have been let down by the state and left vulnerable to poor care and at risk of serious injury or worse due to inadequate safety measures.

 “The grave issues of concern raised in these two reports are regrettably not isolated cases. There have been a whole series of HIQA and media reports in the last year, beginning with the Aras Attracta RTE report, which has highlighted serious concerns around the management, resourcing, funding, and staff behaviour in care centres across the state caring for citizens with intellectual disabilities.

“The HIQA reports are a damning indictment of the state’s mismanagement of such facilities.

“Last month, St. Mary’s in Drumcar in county Louth was the subject of a critical HIQA report, and before that, Redwood at Stamullen.

“However, there have been many other such reports in recent months. In one case, Our Lady’s Unit, which is part of the St Patrick's Centre in Kilkenny and is a care centre for intellectually disabled adults, was closed down over breaches of standards. It was home to 28 adults, with many of them living there most of their lives.

“Last month, the Examiner revealed that 21 HSE workers in seven facilities for adults with severe intellectual disabilities have been sacked or suspended for alleged sexual, physical, and financial abuse of residents since January 2014.

“The centres involved included; St Peter’s service in Castlepollard in Westmeath; St Joseph’s Intellectual Disability Service in Dublin; Peamont intellectual disability service in Dublin; St Peter’s in Westmeath; St Aidan’s in Gorey, Co Wexford; St Raphael’s Centre in Youghal; and Daughters of Charity facility in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.”

Today the Sinn Féin leader repeated his call, made in March, to the Taoiseach that the government “should establish as a matter of urgency a fully Independent, root-and-branch inquiry into all care facilities for citizens with intellectual disabilities in the State”. 

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