Cork South Central Fianna Fáil TD, Michael McGrath has called for urgent action by government to tackle the growing number of people with disabilities on a waiting list for a residential placement in Cork and across the country.

Deputy McGrath was speaking after receiving confirmation that two service providers in Cork alone have 252 adults and children on a waiting list for a residential placement.

Deputy McGrath also raised the issue in the Dáil with Minister of State Finian McGrath TD, “The HSE has confirmed to me that the COPE Foundation in Cork has 175 people waiting for residential placements with 27 of those deemed to be Priority 1’s. The Brothers of Charity in Cork have 13 children and 64 adults with disabilities on a waiting list.

“Incredibly, some children on the Brothers of Charity waiting list have been waiting up to 10 years while some adults are on the list for up to 15 years. These service providers are doing outstanding work but they can only deliver the services they are funded by the HSE and the government to provide.

“The HSE has also informed me that it does not collate the data nationally and so cannot confirm how many people with disabilities are waiting on a residential placement across the whole country. This is simply not good enough.

“I am personally aware of situations where elderly parents are really struggling to care for an adult child with quite profound needs. I am calling on the HSE and the government to put a plan in place to tackle this crisis as a matter of priority,” concluded McGrath.