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Couple must be reunited, Minister must intervene– Ó Caoláin

27 June, 2017 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Older People Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as ‘dreadful’ reports of an elderly married couple being separated after applying to the Fair Deal Scheme.

An Teachta Ó Caolain said;

“In April this year, Michael and Kathleen Devereux, who have been married for 63 years, applied to the Fair Deal Scheme. Michael was accepted under the scheme, but Kathleen was not. The HSE maintained that Kathleen did not need long-term nursing home care, despite the fact that she has been in hospital since 28th April and requires constant care and supervision.

“Michael gave a heartbreaking testimony on RTÉ’s Liveline programme yesterday and described how it was to be forcibly separated from his wife after all of those years. This case is an example of the lack of compassion that exists in terms of care of our older people in Ireland and it is simply dreadful, but let us not think that this is an isolated case. There are many others like it and it is time that the physical and emotional needs of our older people are taken into consideration.

“I am calling on the Minister of State with responsibility for Older People Jim Daly to intervene and to ensure that this case is resolved, the couple reunited, and Kathleen to be in receipt of the care that she requires and deserves.” 

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