Carers not having their voices heard by government – Smyth

Friday, 31st May, 2019 5:00pm

Carers not having their voices heard by government – Smyth

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A local Fianna Fáil TD has claimed the government have left behind carers in her constituency. 

Deputy Niamh Smyth was raising the difficulties of parents and siblings who are the primary carers for adults with intellectual or physical disabilities.

Deputy Smyth explained: “This week I attended the Family Carers Ireland public meeting in our constituency. The meeting heard from many parents and siblings who are at their wits end with stress and feeling abandoned by government.


“The difficulties in daily life seem to be adding up for families as the consequences of government policy take effect. Transport fees to day services recently introduced are costing €20 per week. I have raised this with the Minister repeatedly, yet they do not want to know.

“The Annalee Respite Care facility has been shut indefinitely. This fiasco has been ongoing for months. Parents in Cootehill are becoming so frustrated by not having their voices heard. I understand a public meeting is planned to send a message to those in power.

“There are long waiting lists for occupational therapy, speech and language services, and home care packages. All these delays add up. Parents are fed up fighting for basic services for their children.

“I am urging the Minister for Health and his Department to engage with Family Carers Ireland and the families in Cavan-Monaghan so their voices are heard and they are treated with respect,” concluded Deputy Smyth.

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