Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs and European Parliament candidate for Midlands-North-West Anne Rabbitte TD has slammed the government for their delay in producing the details of an allowance which is required for the families of children who have special needs and are required to dispose of products particular to their needs.

 Deputy Rabbitte said, “It is disgraceful that parents and guardians of children with special needs have been left in the dark on what allowances may be forthcoming by government to ensure they do not incur any additional costs.

 “We have known since June 2017, when the new framework for household waste charges were brought in, that those who have to dispose of incontinence products would be charged more as a consequence of the volume of their bins under the new frame work.

 “No one on our island should be charged more than others as a consequence of their unique needs. For children with special needs these products are not optional, and the government should have had allowances in place when these changes were brought in.

 “The Minister must ensure his Department has all the details of the annual support they proposed to provide and clarify these details with families as soon as possible. Families living with special needs have enough stresses without the doubt surrounding these costs,” concluded Deputy Rabbitte.