Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Tuesday, 16 May 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 619 No. 20

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  183.  Mr. G. Murphy  Information on Gerard Murphy  Zoom on Gerard Murphy   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the way in which she reconciles her statements to Dáil Éireann that there are no cutbacks and no lack of resources for home support and respite with the Health Service Executive assertion that cut backs are necessary in both home support hours and respite care in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [18285/06]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. T. O’Malley): Information on Tim O'Malley  Zoom on Tim O'Malley  Significant funding has been made available for the development and enhancement of services for people with physical and sensory disabilities in 2006. The Multi-Annual Investment Programme 2006 to 2009 includes 80 new residential places for persons with significant disabilities who are currently placed in inappropriate settings and 250,000 extra hours of home support and personal assistance for 2006.

Also in 2006 additional funding of €22.5m is being provided to enhance the multi-disciplinary support services for people with disabilities in line with the Government’s commitment to build capacity within the health services to deliver on the various legislative provisions contained in the National Disability Strategy.

The Health Service Executive has, at my request, already examined the individual circumstances of the person referred to in the Deputy’s question and the Executive has replied to the Deputy directly.

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