Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams today raised the future of Sruthán House in the Dáil with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today.
The Louth TD said:
“In February, the Minister of State with responsibility for disability issues, Deputy Finian McGrath, stated that the Government was committed to providing a range of accessible respite care supports for people with a disability and their families.
He also stated that respite care was crucial in helping to reduce family stress, preserve the family unit and provide stability.
In direct contradiction of those words, the HSE unilaterally decided to close Sruthán House, a respite facility in Dundalk.
I have met the users of this facility. They and their families feel very strongly about this closure and I support them.
Will the Taoiseach ask the Minister of State, Deputy McGrath, to ensure that Sruthán House is protected and that the excellent service it provides will continue?”
In his response the Taoiseach said:
“An extra €10 million was provided in the budget for this year to provide additional respite care which is so important for families and carers. It allowed an additional respite house to be opened in each community healthcare region. I do not know the circumstances of the particular closure to which the Deputy referred, but I will ask the Minister of State, Deputy McGrath, to engage with him on it”.