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Nolan welcomes Cross Party Support for SF Motion on Domiciliary Care

21 July, 2016

Sinn Féin TD for the Offaly and North Tipperary Constituency Carol Nolan has welcomed cross party support for the Sinn Féin motion passed in the Dáil calling for very sick children who are in receipt of Domiciliary Care Allowance to be provided with a medical card.

Teachta Nolan said:

“The denial of medical cards to children in receipt of Domiciliary Care Allowance cannot be justified.

“Domiciliary Care Allowance is a payment for a child under the age of sixteen with a severe disability, who requires ongoing care and attention, substantially over and above the care and attention usually required by a child of the same age.

“Nobody is in any doubt of the deep hardship caused to families in this situation and adding extra pressure on parents to wade through streams of paper and bureaucracy in order to access adequate supports is inhumane.

“We should be creating a society that puts children and their needs first; a society that protects those children most in need.

“I welcome the levels of strong cross party support on this issue and I welcome the Minister’s commitment to extend the medical cards to these children as a budget priority for 2017.

“The Minister must now publish the legislation to give effect to this measure as soon as possible so that these families can have certainty as soon as possible.

“Families should not be forced to wait any longer for this support.” 

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