Dedicated respite care for persons with disabilities in Louth must be a priority - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams met with Minister Finian Mc Grath as part of a delegation of Louth Oireachtas members to discuss the lack of dedicated respite care for persons with disabilities in County Louth.
The Louth TD’s had jointly written to Minister Simon Harris urging him to take action on a proposal that is currently with the government which if funded could go some way to providing some of the respite care so badly needed in the short term.
As Minister with special responsibility for persons with disabilities, Minister Mc Grath has committed to speaking with the HSE and his colleague Minister Simon Harris on the proposal, and to ensuring that families are supported in Louth.
Teachta Adams said:
“The deficiency in dedicated respite provision for people with disabilities in County Louth is at crisis point. It is simply unacceptable that persons with disabilities, and their families who are trying to cope with the often complex needs of a disabled loved one, have no dedicated respite services, nor dedicated emergency respite services in Louth .
“I have been working consistently on this serious issue for some time. My offices recently received harrowing accounts from parents in Louth.
“While I welcome Minister Mc Grath's commitment to pursue the matters raised at our meeting, immediate action is needed.
“My colleague Imelda Munster TD and I outlined the need to support the Louth families who are at breaking point .
“ Minister Mc Grath assured me that respite was one of his top Budget 2018 priorities so I am keen to ensure that the desperately needed services will be provided for. I will continue to work closely with Minister Mc Grath to explore all options open to us to support the stressed families in Louth.