Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway, Eugene Murphy, has said the government are not taking the shortage in home care packages seriously.

Deputy Murphy has said there are 146 waiting in County Roscommon and 300 waiting in County Galway.

He commented, “We should be doing everything to keep people in their homes for as long as they can. It benefits the individual and is a fraction of the costs incurred in a nursing home or a prolonged stay in hospital.

“Fianna Fáil introduced the home care package in 2006. Since then it has been a success, providing people with independence and respect, while allows family members or carers a break to carry out other tasks in their lives.

“The current government have fundamentally mismanaged this programme and have now effectively frozen out any new applications until the later part of this year.

“It is time to look after ordinary people and let common sense prevail. The government should allow new entrants to the scheme and ensure those in need of home care packages receive them,” concluded Deputy Murphy.