Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that while she welcomes Minister McGrath’s announcement of details on new dedicated respite houses for people with disabilities, it’s just a re-announcement of what was committed to in Budget 2018.

“Of course, it’s good news that more details have been released about where these facilities will be located. No one is arguing about this, but it is after all just a re-announcement of what was contained in Budget 2018.

“However, the gap between what is on offer and what is needed for people with disabilities, and their families, in this country has never been greater.

“Families are finding it incredibly difficult to secure the services and supports needed for their loves ones.

“Minister McGrath needs to fight harder to deliver more for people with disabilities. I’ve no doubt that his heart is in the right place but it’s delivery that counts.

“Fianna Fáil as part of the next Budget will fight tooth and nail, from the opposition benches, for enhanced services for people with disabilities.

“If Minister McGrath and the Independent Alliance do the same inside Government, we might have a chance of bridging the gap and ensuring that all people with disabilities get the services and supports they need,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.