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Welcome news that additional respite services will be provided for Louth – Gerry Adams TD

12 December, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth Gerry Adams has welcomed the news that Minister Finian Mc Grath has secured an additional €10 million euro in funding for respite services.

A portion of this funding is to be allocated to deliver a proposal put to the HSE for dedicated respite services for people with intellectual disabilities in in the Louth and Meath area at Bower House, Balbriggan, Co Fingal.

Speaking following the Minister’s announcement this evening in the Dáil, Teachta Adams stated;

“My office spoke to Minister Mc Grath’s office today following the announcement that an additional funding of €8 million euro has been secured to provide respite services for nine new dedicated houses for respite in each Community Health Area.

"I have been consistently raising this issue with the government. A further commitment was made by Minister Mc Grath in the Dáil this evening to provide funding for respite services in a purpose built unit which will cater for people with intellectual disabilities in Louth and Meath.

“There is a serious lack of scheduled respite services for citizens with disabilities in County Louth. People with disabilities and their families have been living in a state of perpetual crisis. I have met with many families who are in dire need and they all have a similar tale of never-ending fights to access services from the State which should be theirs by right.

 “I have also raised the case of Sam O Carroll with the Taoiseach for some time now. Sam is an 18 year old man with severe autism, challenging behaviour and complex needs. He is now 18 and as a result he cannot avail of previous respite services that he once attended. He has been without respite since July. This funding has the potential to change Sam’s life.

“I want to commend the parents, families and community groups who have challenged the government to tackle the crisis in respite services in Louth for some time now.

"I have no doubt that, in the absence of such collective campaigning that families in need of these services would be still stranded in a state of perpetual crisis.

“While I welcome this news, I have asked the Department of Health for the detail of this proposal. It is imperative that these services are accessible as soon as possible to those who need them.”

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