Disabilities Minister Acknowledges Services Are Still Not Working For Children

The Minister of State for Disabilities has acknowledged that services are still not working for children, despite massive state investment.

Writing in today’s Irish Examiner, Anne Rabbitte confirmed there are plans to audit the service over the coming months, to identify what elements are not working.

The admission came as hundreds marched through Cork yesterday calling for a complete overhaul of the system.

A Cork carer who took part in a protest march in the city says she feels ‘worthless and invisible’ to the government.

Julie Anne Cuneen and her son Liam from Upper Glanmire both live with disabilities and are attending today’s protest with their autism dog Skye.

Speaking to RedFM News, Julie Ann says she feels utterly helpless at times:

“Nothing, I’m invisible. I’m literally… I don’t matter to anybody. I think the state is literally waiting for me to drop dead, to die, to collapse from burnout. But I mean, as a single parent, it’s really, really difficult to be expected to pay for private services. You just don’t have the money. We’re trying to pay for heating, for petrol, for private therapy, which is about €60/€70 a session.  And parents just don’t really have that money, and we feel guilt. We feel terrible shocking guilt that we don’t have that money”.


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