Annalee Respite to reopen later this year

In the interim period, respite will continue to be provided in Killygowan Respite Centre, which caters for 37 children and 53 adults.

It has been confirmed that ongoing works in Annalee Respite Centre in Cootehill are expected to be concluded by the end of next month.

The conclusion of work means that the centre could reopen for use as early as the second quarter of the year.

The development was confirmed by the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan Monaghan and North Meath, Niamh Smyth.

Deputy Smyth had tabled a Parliamentary Question on the subject, asking for an update regarding the status at the Annalee Centre, which has remained closed following the dicovery of a fuel leak on site.

“I understand that the reopening of the Centre is planned for the second quarter of the year,” Deputy Smyth confirmed.

In the interim period, respite will continue to be provided in Killygowan Respite Centre, which caters for 37 children and 53 adults.

This respite service provision will continue when Annalee Respite Centre is reopened.

“I understand that 15 children from the waiting list will be introduced to respite in the Annalee Respite Centre in 2021,” said Deputy Smyth.

“Respite services allow families and clients a deserved break. I very much welcome confirmation from the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, that the Annalee Respite Centre will reopen in the coming months ahead as it will offer a lifeline to the people of Cavan and Monaghan,” she concluded.

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