Press Release

O´Malley opens New Centre for Children with Special Needs at Blackberry Park, Ballykeeffe, Limerick

Mr. Tim O´Malley, T.D Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with special responsibility for Disability, Mental Health Services and Food Safety on 20th February, 2004, formally opened a new centre for children with special needs at Blackberry Park, Ballykeeffe, Co.Limerick.

This centre is run by Enable Ireland who have been actively providing children´s therapy services in the Mid-Western Region since 1990. The initial efforts are being concentrated on the Early Intervention Services, an area that research over the last thirty years has shown maximises the opportunity for learning, prevents the development of secondary disabilities and ensures the maximum degree of independence in adult life.

“The services provided by the new centre will further enhance the broad range of support services provided to children with an intellectual disability and their families by Enable Ireland in the Mid-Western Region” stated the Minister.

This new premises for children´s services has been purchased from funds provided by the JP McManus fund and the Mid-Western Health Board. The site for the premises was donated by Mr Shay Sweeney.