Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has spoken to families of people with disabilities who access services at St John of God’s, St Mary’s Drumcar campus.
He contacted family members following the recent AGM of the Dundalk Parents and Friends of the Intellectually Disabled which took place on Monday 6th March.
Teachta Adams said;
“I was unable to attend the Dundalk Parents and Friends meeting due to the ongoing negotiations in the north, although my office was represented on the night.
“On Monday night a wide range of issues were discussed by the family members there and it is clear that people are very angry at how they and their loved ones are being treated by both the HSE and St John of God’s Services.
“There are ongoing issues with accessing respite care, particularly for people with challenging behaviours; those who’s loved ones are resident in St Mary’s Drumcar have legitimate concerns about the recent HIQA report which recommended that four accommodation units be closed; the policy of decongregation was discussed as were the future accommodation needs for adults with disabilities who are currently being cared for at home.
“An overarching frustration cited during this meeting and during my phone conversations today is the lack of clear and transparent communication between the families of people with disabilities and the local Louth HSE Disabilities Section and the management of St John of God’s Drumcar.
“These families have been forced to campaign for the rights and entitlements of their loved ones to be upheld. This shouldn’t be the case. These citizens with disabilities deserve a proper level of service to enable them to live in dignity and to be supported to develop to their highest potential.
“It is scandalous that in ‘Recovery Ireland’ the Government must still be hounded to deliver for our vulnerable citizens.
“I intend to raise these matters directly with Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath.”