Press Release

Minister Moloney confirms disability developments to go ahead

The Minister of State with responsibility for Equality, Disabilty & Mental Health, John Moloney T.D., has confirmed that new developments for disability services are to proceed as planned this year.

The Minister said that he had been assured by the HSE that, while the commencement of some services had been delayed this year due to a financial review, the HSE was now in a position to roll-out the planned disability developments as outlined in its 2008 Service Plan.

“Developments will include new day places for young people leaving school and additional therapy supports for pre-school children and for children with autism,” the Minister said.

An additional €50m was provided to the HSE in the 2008 Budget to fund a range of additional services under the Multi-Annual Investment Programme for Disability. Planned services include additional residential, day care and respite care places for people with intellectual disability and autism; additional residential care and home support services for people with physical and sensory disabilities; and additional multi-disciplinary therapy posts to provide assessment and ongoing intervention services to children with a disability.