RESPITE SERVICE USERS “NOW EVEN MORE DISTRESSED” IN RELATION ONGOING CLOSURE OF COOTEHILL CENTRE FOR REPAIRS

12 April 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

WORKS EXPECTED TO SEE ANNALEE HOUSE REMAIN CLOSED FOR UP ON A YEAR
• Michael McDonnell

THE ONGOING difficulties being experienced by families in the Cavan and Monaghan catchment area in relation to disability respite services that were being provided at the Annalee House facility in Cootehill show no signs of abating. As was reported in this newspaper at the time, an extensive campaign was mounted just before and after Christmas as the families affected sought to highlight the issue, and this included a public meeting in Cootehill and a protest at St Davnet’s site in Monaghan. The Annalee centre in Cootehill had been catering for up on 100 families up until August/September of last year, when it began to exclusively accommodate only one child with particular difficulties in what is described in disability services as a “crisis case”. The Parents Action Group for Respite Services (Cavan- Monaghan) that was formed to push the issue succeeded in obtaining a meeting with Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath in…

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