Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 649 No. 1

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  296.  Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Information on Aengus O Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus O Snodaigh   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the waiting list [202]for speech and language therapy in the Ballyfermot area; and the steps being taken to address this issue. [9206/08]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Deputy Jimmy Devins): Information on Jimmy Devins  Zoom on Jimmy Devins  As part of the Multi-Annual Investment Programme 2006-2009 under the Disability Strategy, the Government provided the Health Service Executive with an additional €75m in both 2006 and 2007. This funding included monies to provide new and enhanced services for people with disabilities, to implement Part 2 of the Disability Act 2005, which came into effect on June 1st 2007 for the under 5’s and also for the continuation of the implementation of the transfer of persons with intellectual disability from psychiatric hospitals and other inappropriate placements.

The Government is also honouring its promise in relation to the Multi-Annual Investment Programme for people with disabilities, with a further €50m investment which was announced in the 2008 Budget.

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have these matters investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

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