Adams asks Minister for Children to visit Mosney Direct Provision Centre

DSC_3254_6510Louth TD Gerry Adams has written to the Minister for Children, Catherine Zappone, to highlight concerns for children living in the Mosney Direct Provision Centre and to ask her to visit the site.

The Sinn Féin President said;

“There are currently 119 children living on the Mosney site.

“In May 2015 HIQA published report on the Child Welfare and Protection Services being provided to children and families in Direct Provision.  This report found significantly higher incidents of referral to TUSLA of children living in direct provision than in the general population and Minister Zappone has confirmed to me that social services are currently involved in 12 child welfare or protection cases at the Mosney centre.

“Following publication of the HIQA report I posed a series of questions to the then Minister, James Reilly.  Contained within the response, which was provided by TUSLA, was a commitment to identify two practitioners, one from Child Protection Services and one from Family Support Services, to act as Liaison Officers with the Reception and Integration Agency to provide a direct line of communication and referral for both services.

“In May 2016 I asked Minister Zappone if these commitments had been delivered and she responded saying that she is still waiting for information regarding these two appointments.

“A year has passed since I initially posed these questions and 15 months have passed since the publication of the HIQA report.  These key staff will help ensure the safety and well being of the children resident in Mosney and they should have been appointed long ago.

“I have visited Mosney numerous times and I have spoken about the conditions the people there are existing in.  I have asked Minister Zappone to visit Mosney with me.

“There are huge problems within the Direct Provision system which was originally intended to accommodate asylum seekers for six months. Today almost half of the 4,324 people living in the system have been there for five years.

“Residents in these centres are not allowed to work and they survive on a State subsidy of €19 per week per adult and less than €10 per week for a child.

“Conditions in the centres are unacceptable. They are overcrowded, with families often sharing one room. Basic essentials like soap, toilet rolls and other items are rationed. Residents must pay for prescription medication.  There are limited recreational or living areas and the stress on those in the centres, especially from the fear of deportation is a constant worry.

“Media reports are indicting that yesterday a Korean woman living in a Direct Provision Centre in Cork died by suicide.  This is a tragedy for this women’s family, particularly her son, and all supports must be provided to this child and the other residents at this time.”

Lourdes overcrowding is a result of bad management and incompetent politicians – Sharkey

Tomas Sharkey PhotoSinn Féin County Councillor Tomás Sharkey has hit out at the overcrowding crisis in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

“The Lourdes Hospital is in an overcrowding crisis once again. Patients are on trolleys because there are not enough beds in the hospital system and not enough supports to help patients be discharged to home or nursing homes.
“Last year when there was a trolley crisis a short term decision was made to provide transition care beds. these beds were a waiting service for Fair Deal nursing home beds. By December 2014 the average wait for Fair Deal was 13 weeks so the transition care beds became blocked.
“This year the government’s reaction to the trolley crisis was to cancel elective surgery in our hospitals. This has left patients in the position where they are left at home getting sicker and raising the potential for them to end up in A&E and in acute surgical and medical beds.
“The wrong decisions are being made in our health service. We need proper supports for patients to be discharged home to home help hours, physio and occupational therapy and the support of community nursing and dietician services. This will alleviate the beds crisis.
“We also need a bold new decision from government to reopen the A&E in Dundalk along with Acute Medical and surgical services.

Sharkey: “Creating A New Crisis To Solve An Old One”

Tomas Sharkey PhotoSinn Féin Councillor in Louth and HSE Regional Forum member Tomás Sharkey has hit out at news that elective orthopaedic surgery in Navan has been cancelled for the month of January.
“There is a crisis in Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda but patients on waiting lists for hip and knee operations did not cause it. The HSE has announced today that hundreds of people will have their operations cancelled, to be put off to a later date and thus causing delays for thousands of others further down the waiting list. 
“This is not a solution to the trolley crisis in Ireland. It proves that HSE top management has no connection with the reality that patients and people on waiting lists live with. It proves that each and every Fine Gael and Labour TD in Louth and Meath has walked away from their responsibilities. This is a plan that will leave sick people to get sicker and suffer more pain for longer.
“This initiative by Fine Gael, Labour and the HSE is cruel and wrong. Only a political and systematic change of management of our hospital services is needed now more than ever.”

Adams Alarm At Overcrowding In Our Lady Of Lourdes

Ard Fheis 8Sinn Féin Leader and Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed alarm at the overcrowding situation in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Mr Adams called for the immediate intervention of the Minister Health Leo Varadkar, saying the hospital overcrowding situation was now an emergency.

Gerry Adams said:

“Our Lady of Lourdes was the most overcrowded hospital in the State this morning with 43 sick or injured patients being treated on trolleys. There are over 50 patients waiting for admission.

“I know this situation is reflected to varying degrees in hospitals across the state and that the number of patients on trolleys in hospital emergency units has now reached record levels.

“Measures announced in the Budget to ease pressure on A&Es have had little effect. What is urgently required is funding for step-down beds and extra nursing home places.

“We need to treat this as an emergency and the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar needs to intervene immediately to tackle this situation.”