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Down Syndrome Children denied funding – Adams

13 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams today raised in the Dáil the decision by Louth HSE to deny the Louth/Meath branch of Down Syndrome Ireland funding for its “Early intervention Home Teacher Programme” for preschool children (aged from 1 year to five years).

Addressing the Taoiseach today, Teachta Adams said:

“In the Programme for Government, the government committed to promoting the best outcomes for children and families, including by investing in early childhood education for disadvantaged children.

“It would appear that some in Louth HSE are not aware of this commitment. The Louth/Meath branch of Down Syndrome Ireland has been told that the HSE will no longer fund its “Early Intervention Home Teacher Programme” for preschool children.

“That’s 53 Down syndrome children who will be denied early intervention home teaching. The cost involved is small – twenty five thousand euro. The families raise fifty thousand toward the project.

“The impact of this decision on the children and their families will be enormous.”

“Teachta Adams asked the Taoiseach if he accepted that the Louth HSE decision “is at odds with the commitment in the Programme for Government” and he asked Mr. Kenny to investigate this issue and to have the decision reversed.” 

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