Working with Minister to secure Respite Care Services for Carlow

5th May, 2017

Questions over location for new respite centre 

Fine Gael Carlow TD, Pat Deering, has spoken  with the Minister with Special Responsibility for Disability issues, Finian McGrath, regarding securing the provision of respite care services for Carlow.

Deputy Deering said “In response to concerns raised by local families about the provision of respite care for children with special needs, following on from the recent decision by the HSE to find new location as the previous property in consideration was no longer feasible.

Questions posed to the Minister in relation to the Respite care service in Carlow.

1. When did the HSE become aware of this issue?

2. There has been a service provider appointed through tender but there is no service to provide, how did this happen?

3. When will the construction of the new respite care home begin?

4. What happens now in the meantime to the families who need respite care right away?

Deering stated, “Last summer, I brought the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to visit Carlow and he met with parent representatives regarding the respite house. Following on from this visit to Carlow in August a commitment for a new respite centre was agreed as I had made the Minister aware of concerns about the future of the service”.

“The Minister is committed to the establishment of a new respite home, which as local people will know is badly needed for Carlow. Funding has been identified to progress the development of this facility so that a standalone respite house can be purpose built. The long term intention of the HSE is to develop a new purpose built Respite Service for Carlow/Kilkenny. This project will take approximately two years to complete but will provide a sustainable permanent respite facility.

In the interim, the Minister has agreed with the importance of having respite care in operation during the construction of the purpose built respite care facility. And the HSE will continue to work in close collaboration with Enable Ireland to develop alternative models of overnight respite i.e. holiday breaks and in home respite.

Deering concluded “Our Fine Gael led Government is determined to use the fruits of our recovering economy to benefit those who need it most. I cannot think of a better case than children with special needs. It is hugely important that we continue to support and improve services which provide invaluable support to children and their families here in Carlow.”