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Job cuts to children’s disability service in Wicklow “shocking” – Ó Caoláin

6 March, 2013 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin’s health and children spokesperson, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, has described as "shocking" the cuts to 58 jobs in St Catherine’s Association in Co Wicklow which provides services for children with intellectual and other disabilities.
He said:
“On Tuesday night 58 staff in St Catherine’s Association based in Newcastle, Co Wicklow were informed that their jobs are gone. This is a shocking cut to a service that provides education, respite, residential, nursing, transport and other services to children with disabilities.
“Some 250 children benefit from these services, which have now been thrown in doubt by such a large number of staff cuts. The chief funding for this service comes from the HSE and it needs to make a full statement as to whether these job cuts are a direct result of their funding cuts.
“I understand that parents have not yet been informed of the impact of these cuts on services for their children.
“Both the Minister for Health James Reilly and the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn should intervene to prevent the loss of vital services.”

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