Local families refuse to give up fight for better respite services

Local families aren’t going to give up their fight for better respite services.

Parents met with the Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath yesterday to highlight their concerns over the service.

The five bed Annalee Respite Centre in Cootehill has only been housing one person since mid-September, leaving others in the area unable to use the service.

They’ve protested outside Saint Davnet’s Hospital in Monaghan in recent weeks, with a pledge to continue to raise the issue.

Jennie Farrelly from the Parent’s Action Group for Respite Services says they were pleased with their meeting yesterday but they’re going to continue the fight:

They’re calling for dedicated adult and child centres to be set up, with another that would cater for families needing emergency respite. Local TD Brendan Smith also met with Minister Finian McGrath. He says the Minister understands the situation in Cavan and Monaghan: