Fianna Fáil Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor has raised concerns over the lack of availability of respite care services in Carlow.

Senator Murnane O’Connor raised the issue after receiving correspondence from Enable Ireland which fails to set out an exact timeline for the delivery of overnight respite care services in the county.

Senator Murnane O’Connor said, “Carlow has been left without an overnight respite service for nearly two years. The biggest issue is the fact that there are no overnight respite care services available to carers as there is currently no accommodation in place for such services.

“Enable Ireland has taken over the provision of respite care services to children with complex disabilities in Carlow – Kilkenny since September 2017. Accordingly I have been seeking information from Enable Ireland on the future of respite care services in the region. I’m specifically looking for a date for the start of overnight respite care services. Unfortunately Enable Ireland has been unable to provide me with a solid date.

“Enable Ireland are undoubtedly trying to do their best but the lack of Government support for respite care services in Carlow is making their task difficult. The Government needs to prioritise respite care services and ensure overnight services are made available without delay.

“A suitable property has been identified in Tullow for the provision of overnight respite care services. I find it frustrating that no exact timeline has been set out for when exactly this accommodation will actually come into use. I fear that it could be many more months before the necessary service becomes available and this simply isn’t good enough.

“This is something which I will continue to raise with the Government and Enable Ireland. This issue can’t fall by the wayside,” concluded Senator Murnane O’Connor.