Sligo-Leitrim Sinn Fein Deputy Martin Kenny says while news today of respite facilities being made available in Boyle for south Leitrim families is progress, he still has concerns about the length of time it will take to deliver.
It was announced earlier today that a premises in Boyle, presently operated by the Gateway Service is to be renovated, and that it will be able to cater for up to three adults for respite at any one time.
It is intended that this service will be an interim one until such times that a permanent 5 bed facility is built in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Speaking on the Let's Talk show today Deputy Kenny says that families in south Leitrim need the service as a matter of urgency, and it's good that some progress appears to be on the horizon.
He says though he has concerns about both the interim and permanent service being delivered on schedule.
"I'm always skeptical that progress is so slow on these issues. It was last May when we met with Anne Rabbitte in Carrick on Shannon and we were told the site would be progressed as quickly as possible. It's heading towards a year now and nothing has happened with it. I find that the HSE lacks any urgency on these issues and I hope that this would be a change step in moving this forward. It certainly needs to move forward as quickly as possible. The families need it to happen as quickly as possible and see progress. I will be putting pressure on the Minister to deliver on this."