Nolan raises children disability issues in Offaly with Minister
Sinn Féin TD for Offaly and North Tipperary Carol Nolan has today met with the Minister of State with responsibility for disability issues Finian McGrath in Leinster House to discuss the ongoing issues affecting disability services in County Offaly.
Teachta Nolan said:
“I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Minister McGrath today to outline the ongoing frustrations being experienced by parents of children with disabilities in our county.
“I assured the parents that were present at the’ Enough is Enough’ demonstration in Tullamore that I would raise these issues with the Minister.
“These concerns relate to the lack of early intervention services, particularly speech and language and occupational therapy and the lack of respite services.
“It is unacceptable that children are waiting on average 17 months for early intervention in Offaly. The Laois/Offaly region is one of the worst in terms of services for children with disabilities and I have urged the Minister to take urgent action to address the gaps that exist.
“The Minister assured me that he intends to discuss this matter with the HSE management in the area and agrees that the respite issue is a significant problem.
“I will continue to raise these issues with the Minister to ensure that action is taken and that young people with disabilities receive these vital supports.”