Families Call on Government to Reverse Cuts

Families of people with intellectual disabilities have called on Government to give an immediate guarantee that recent cuts made to respite services will be reversed.

The Hope 4 Disability Galway campaign group said that although Government said last weeks that there would be no further cuts in funding to voluntary groups providing respite services this year, they now want to see services that have already been cut reinstated.

A respite centre in Co Limerick run by the Brothers of Charity closed three weeks ago, while respite services have also been cut at a Daughters of Charity facility on the Navan Road in Dublin.

In their statement, Hope 4 Disability Galway said confusion and uncertainty still reign as to what the Government and the HSE have committed to following meetings last week after street protests over cuts to respite care in Galway, Dublin and Mayo.

(Source: Irish Times, 12 July 2010)