Responding to the publication of the report on Áras Attracta, the Fianna Fáil Disability Spokesperson Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD says that “lessons must be learned and that there must be a fundamental change in approach to people with intellectual disabilities.”
“We were all appalled and shocked by the revelations at Aras Attracta. It’s crucial that the HSE ensures a situation like this is never repeated. This report clearly highlights the deficits at the residence and makes clear recommendations on foot of these. Minister McGrath and the HSE need to give priority to the implementation of these recommendations.”
“In particular I would urge the Minister to expedite the move away from congregated settings,” added the Fianna Fáil TD.
“Estimates suggest that there were approximately 3,000 people with a disability living in congregated settings at the time of the Aras Attracta programme. Sadly, very little progress has been made in moving people with disabilities into a community based setting since the broadcast of the programme,” added Murphy O’Mahony.
“Regrettably, the Government has not made this a real priority in its Programme for Government. It’s unlikely to make any serious progress will be made. The Government has only targeted a reduction in the region of 900, which represents less than a third of the total number.”
“At this rate, it will be 2031 before congregated settings come to an end. I urge the Minister McGrath to step up the campaign to bring the practice of outdated congregated settings to an end. We can’t wait until 2031 for this to happen,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.