'Anger outbursts': Carlow TD demands clarity for adult disability service users and their families

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'Anger outbursts': Carlow TD demands clarity for adult disability service users and their families

Carlow-Kilkenny TD Kathleen Funchion wants clarity for adult disability service users and their families

Carlow-Kilkenny TD Kathleen Funchion has called for immediate clarity to be provided for adult disability service users and their families, following evidence to the Dáil's Special Committee on Covid-19 that some services may not resume until 2021.

 The Sinn Féin TD said adult day care services for people with disabilities have been suspended since March and many service users and their families have not had any proper supports for four months.

"This has been an unbelievably challenging time for all of those involved," she said. 

"Many families have informed us that there have been cases of anger outbursts and of loved ones being withdrawn or frustrated because of a lack of routine. Many involved have high dependency needs and there are care packages in place for them, but these are not being utilised at the moment."

Deputy Funchion said despite earlier indications that services would begin to resume in the coming weeks, evidence to the Special Dáil Committee on Covid-19 this week has suggested that some services may not resume until 2021. "This is entirely unacceptable. Everyone appreciates the difficulties involved in dealing with the challenges posed by Covid-19, but this is a prime example of people with disabilities being failed once again. I cannot imagine what this news must be like for people and their families," she said.

"Sinn Féin intend to raise this issue in the Dáil next week and we will be seeking full answers from the minister."