Respite Care Facility should be re-opened immediately – BREEN

July 15th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Following comments made at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children; by the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney regarding the ongoing closure of Respite care facilities in Limerick, which took place yesterday 13th July 2010, Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen said today (Wednesday) that the Respite Care Facility run by the Brothers of Charity in Limerick should be re-opened immediately.

“The continued closure of Respite Care facilities at the Brothers of Charity in Limerick is causing undue hardship and distress for 63 special needs persons and their families, many of whom live here in County Clare.  According to the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney at yesterday’s Oireachtas Committee there are “fruitful discussions” going on between the HSE and the Brothers of Charity in Limerick to try and find a resolution to the current situation.     Now that these discussions are taking place I see no reason why this facility cannot be re-opened immediately.”

“I understand that the HSE is to establish a working group to examine how these services are delivered in the context of tightening budgetary constraints into the future, however, whatever decision is made regarding the future delivery of these services, it is imperative that frontline services are protected and even at a time of deep recession, that the most vulnerable in our Society are not targeted.”