29 October 2010

Protecting services for people with disabilities must be a priority

Lucan & Clondalkin Fine Gael Senator Frances Fitzgerald, Spokesperson on Health and long-term disability advocate has said that protecting services for people with disabilities must be a priority as the Government prepares its next Budget.

“We have seen the most vulnerable people in our community suffer time and time again from cruel cutbacks introduced by Fianna Fail and the Green Party in Government. People with disabilities and special needs have been asked to shoulder an unfair proportion of the burden. They have been asked to bear cutbacks whilst defunct banks have been bailed out. This cannot continue. It is simply wrong,” said Senator Fitzgerald.

“I regularly meet with families with relatives with special needs in Lucan and Clondalkin and they are under severe pressure and strain as cutbacks continue in special needs education and in respite hours. Promises and commitments made under disability legislation remain undelivered,” continued Senator Fitzgerald.

“We all appreciate the economic crisis this country finds itself in but it is high time this Government stops picking on the vulnerable and introduces measures which are fair and equitable and which protect important frontline services such as respite care and special needs education,” concluded Senator Fitzgerald.