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Speech and language therapy vital at pre-school stage – Kenny

28 June, 2016 - by Martin Kenny TD

Sinn Féin TD for Sligo Leitrim Martin Kenny asked the Tánaiste in the Dáil about the programme for government promise to train and employ more speech and language therapists.

Deputy Kenny said:

“There is a major crisis in my constituency, in particular in County Leitrim, in regard to early intervention and there is no access at all for preschool children to speech and language therapists.  I want an assurance that recruitment has started and that additional training will be in place to ensure the service is provided.

“In response to my question, the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD said that money is available for speech therapists, but that there is difficulty recruiting them. She also recognised that there are inconsistencies around the country and that Leitrim is one of these.

“I am resolved to continue to raise this issue with the Tánaiste and the Minister for Health Simon Harris because therapy at pre-school stage is vital and it is not acceptable that children anywhere are deprived of it.” 

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