Fianna Fáil’s Disability Spokesperson, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that it’s time the Government turned its rhetoric on disability into action on the ground.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony was commenting as data compiled by children’s charity, Barnardos Ireland, shows that 78% of all children with disabilities are waiting longer than the statutory maximum three month wait for an assessment.

“Additionally, there has also been a 50% increase in the number of children waiting more than 12 months for a speech and language initial assessment or therapy appointment.

“Minsters McGrath and Harris focus on talking a good game, but the reality on the ground is that children, and in particular, children with disabilities are missing out on vital treatments, services and supports that are crucial to improving their quality of life.

“Accessing a timely Assessment of Need is not a luxury for children with disabilities. It’s the passport they need to get the treatments, services and supports they need to have the best possible quality of life.

“For parents, it gives peace of mind and a positive pathway for their child. What’s happening around the country today just isn’t good enough,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.