ANGER EXPRESSED RALLY CHAMPIONS BY PARENTS AND FAMILIES AT MEETING ON RESPITE SERVICES IMPASSE

3 May 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

• Michael McDonnell

A SENSE of total frustration and exasperation was palpable at a public meeting held in Cootehill on Monday morning in relation to the continuing suspension of respite services for the families of adults and children with disabilities — and in relation to was perceived to be a total failure, to date, on the part of the HSE to take whatever actions are needed to restore what is regarded as a vital “lifeline” service to the people who need it.

The meeting was attended by a number of public representatives and local election candidates including TDs Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Niamh Smyth, Senator Robbie Gallagher, county councillors Paudge Connolly (Monaghan) and Clifford Kelly (Cavan), and Brigid Boyle, a Sinn Fein election candidate for the Bailieborough-Cootehill MD. The services being utilised at Cootehill’s Annalee House Respite Centre by up on 95 families from its Monaghan and Cavan catchment areas have been suspended since a “crisis case” emerged last August/September, and Annalee House itself has been completely shut down since an oil spill issue developed in January.

The HSE has estimated that it could take 45 weeks or more to resolve this issue. A Parents Action Group…

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