Sinn Féin general election candidate Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú has attended a presentation on the HSE’s ‘Mo Shaol’ initiative.
Following the presentation, which took place during the Louth Disability Forum September meeting, Councillor Ó Murchú said;
“Mo Shaol offers a placement service for adults and children with intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries or autistic spectrum disorders.
“The staff at Mo Shaol, which operates across Louth and Meath, match individuals with host families based on shared interests and compatibility.
“The project is extremely flexible and can range from social outings lasting a few hours to overnight stays with a host family.
“Mo Shaol was mainstreamed by the HSE in 2018 so it is relatively new and small scale at present but the potential to develop the project is huge.
“Currently in Louth Mo Shaol has placed individuals with 11 hosts. There are 6 more placements being recommended for approval in November and 5 potential hosts are awaiting assessment.
“However there are 30 referrals waiting to be placed and there is just 1 social worker assigned to the project.
“This is a welcome addition to the suite of respite services offered by the HSE but it requires a much greater level of resource to deliver the required service.
“I intend to liaise with Deputy Gerry Adams to raise the funding of this service with the Minister for Health.”