– He has requested that funding be provided for a care facility to cater for 30 clients –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach spoke in the Dáil on the on-going disgraceful lack of respite places for families in Co. Louth.

“I know that this situation has been brought to the Minister’s attention many times but we need action now and not just words” said Deputy Breathnach.

“More importantly I asked the Minister to provide funding for a facility that has been identified to provide care for 30 people without further delay. It would cost €800,000 to provide the care for 30 people per annum.”

“There is a service provider ready to provide the care and a premises has been identified. They just need confirmation from the HSE that funding will be provided and then they could have it operational within 3 to 4 months. This service could provide respite to young adults in Louth/Meath/north midlands and north Dublin as the premises identified as I said is just off the M1 at Drogheda.”

“I pointed out to the Minister that two social workers have left Drumcar since December leaving no social worker at all in Drumcar until last week when just one was appointed to facilitate the needs of these families. This is unacceptable.”

“I suggested that in the short term would he consider allowing retired accredited Intellectual Disability Nurses to provide respite in the family homes of these people to alleviate the acute distress on those families now. I know this is not an ideal solution but it would be a temporary measure to give some respite to the carers while we wait for a possible new facility to be prepared.”

“The most important action I called for is to fund the facility identified without further delay” concluded Breathnach.

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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2

(T) 01 6183549 (Email) declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie