Speech by John Moloney T.D. at the official opening of C.R.A.N.O.G. Disability Resource Centre in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan

I am very pleased to be here today to officially open the new CRANOG Disability Resource Centre, here in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, which is operated by the Health Service Executive.

I would like to begin by expressing my thanks to Leo Kinsella, the Local Health Manager for Cavan & Monaghan, for his kind invitation to officiate at what must be a proud day for all concerned.

Following a survey, the HSE identified a need for this service. The HSE also carried out extensive consultations with users of their disability services. I understand that around €3 million was spent on building this facility. This fine location will provide the people attending the centre with more opportunities to contribute to and be part of the community.

Today’s success is the result of the efforts of many agencies and individuals over the last number of years including the HSE Disability Services in Cavan, Monaghan and Louth, users of the service, parents, families and voluntary support agencies. They are to be commended for their vision and commitment to this project.

Some of the services now being provided at CRANOG were originally provided from the Beech Corner Centre and the Enterprise Centre. Up to 40 persons are now accessing the services here at CRANOG on a weekly basis. I hope to look around the centre while I’m here. These services are of course provided by the staff working here at the centre.

To meet the needs of people with disabilities, a wide range of interlocking and complementary services is often required. This combination of services can only be achieved when everyone involved in the delivery of services actively works together in partnership, particularly during these challenging economic times.

The primary focus of this facility is to meet the diversity of needs of people using the Centre. There are facilities and equipment for assessment and therapeutic intervention such as speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and training in independent living skills.

Social, recreational, educational and vocational opportunities are provided in partnership with local statutory and non-statutory agencies.

Appropriate care and support are critical to assisting people with a disability to achieve their maximum potential in life. I am sure that the services provided at CRANOG will greatly enhance people’s self-esteem, independence and personal growth.

One of the most positive features of disability services here in Ireland is the very strong partnership that exists between all of those involved in the planning and delivery of services to people with disabilities and their families.

This partnership includes the Government, the Health Service Executive, voluntary agencies, families and friends and people with a disability themselves.

I would like to thank you all for coming here today. I congratulate all of those people who have been involved along the way in bringing CRANOG Resource Centre to Castleblayney.

I offer my best wishes to the staff and those attending and volunteering at CRANOG as they continue with their work here at the centre. Thank you.