Local TD Bobby Aylward has welcomed confirmation from the HSE that it plans to develop a new purpose-built Respite Service for Carlow/Kilkenny, but has warned the service needs to be up and running as urgently as possible.
The Fianna Fail TD says we cannot afford any more delays or confusion in the provision of permanent respite service for children with disabilities in Carlow and Kilkenny.
“I welcome the news that the HSE is engaging architects to finalise a design to build a permanent facility, in conjunction with Enable Ireland, but the news that the temporary interim service, which was set for Bagenalstown, has fallen through represents a bitterly disappointing blow for parents," said Deputy Aylward.
"These parents deserve a top class respite service and they have endured far too much misinformation and uncertainty since the Tír na nÓg Respite House closed in December 2015.
“It has been stated that this new facility will take approximately two years to build and it is absolutely imperative that the HSE and Enable Ireland meet this deadline and provide a sustainable permanent respite facility as urgently as possible.
Deputy Aylward says he has requested a meeting with Disability Minister Finian McGrath to discuss the provision of services for Carlow/Kilkenny to communicate the message that the parents are at their wits' end and cannot be forced to endure any further disappointment through setbacks or delays.
"It has been confirmed that funding has been identified to progress the development of this facility so that a stand-alone respite house can be purpose built so I am urging the HSE and Enable Ireland to get on with the job as efficiently as possible," he said.
“Enable Ireland will need to seek HIQA registration, following which a suitable location will need to be identified. Both processes need to expedited at Ministerial level so no further delays are incurred and I look forward to applying pressure in this regard in Dáil Éireann."