Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says respite services across the two counties has reached crisis point with 100 families on a waiting list for support.  Deputy Smyth raised the issue directly with the Taoiseach in the Dáil this week.

“The situation with respite services for people with disabilities across Cavan and Monaghan has deteriorated significantly over recent months with more and more families unable to access the services they so badly need.  There are now 100 families on waiting lists for access for respite care”, said Deputy Smyth.

“People are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of respite services, so much so that a public action group has been set up to try and highlight the issues that families are facing.  The Parent’s Action Group for Respite Services held its first meeting in Cootehill this week.

“I have been raising this issue for a number of months.  Last week the Minister for Older People and Mental Health Jim Daly claimed that the crisis had been addressed, however nothing could be further from the truth.

“I have been working with some of the parents who so badly need respite services.  One family has been on a waiting list since July 2016 but since then has not received one day of respite.  This is deeply unfair.  Many of the parents I am working with are full time carers for their children. They are not asking for much.

“The current situation cannot continue.  I am calling on Minister Daly to properly examine the backlog across Cavan and Monaghan and ensure that a plan is put in place to eliminate the waiting lists”.