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Minister accepts need for respite centre in Leitrim

May 31, 2022 18:05 By Shannonside News
Minister accepts need for respite centre in Leitrim Minister accepts need for respite centre in Leitrim
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The issue was raised by Deputy Martin Kenny.

Leitrim based TD Martin Kenny is welcoming what he says is progress on the crisis in respite services for young adults with special needs in the south of the county.

The Sinn Fein TD was speaking following a meeting held in Carrick-on-Shannon today with Minister Anne Rabbitte who has special responsibility for Disability.

The meeting was convened by Deputy Kenny and it was also attended by HSE representatives, parents, and other local politicians.

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Deputy Kenny says the Minister has accepted the urgent need to build a respite and residential care facilities on a site near St Patrick's hospital.

He says he's also hopeful of a faster solution for families who need respite by the refitting of an existing facility in Cloonamahon in Sligo which was previously used for residential care.

''It's already been used for residential services. So it's already HIQA approved for that. The Minister was confident that she'll be very firm that e the emergency situation now for people particularly in South Leitrim and in other areas as well in parts of Roscommon and Sligo will also need to be put to the fore in respect of an emergency situation and will mean that  particular house can be used and will be used after January to provide services for people there so I'd be confident that part of it can be moved on relatively quickly.''

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Listen to the full interview here

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