Needs of users ‘a key priority’ in reopening disability services in Westmeath — Troy

Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Robert Troy, recently met with Minister of State for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration Anne Rabbitte to discuss disability services in the Westmeath and Longford regions.

The Ministers discussed the progress on the reopening of disability services and how best to move forward for users and their families who use the services.

“I’ve been working with Minister Rabbitee to ensure there are enough supports in place for services in the Longford and Westmeath regions,” Minister Troy said. “The past few months have been extremely challenging for everyone, and those with disabilities who have been displaced from their services and routines.

“The key for the Government is to ensure the safe return for users to their specific disability services,” he added. “The needs of service users are a key priority. Minister Rabbitte and myself had a good discussion this weekend about what needs to be done and are committed to working together for the people of the Westmeath and Longford areas.

“We visited St Hilda’s services which caters for young adults with a disability and we were very impressed. We understand the frustrations that families and service users have had since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are working hard to make sure that services can resume fully and safely.

“Discussions are ongoing, and we are keeping clear lines of communication open so that everyone included knows exactly what is going on,” Minister Troy concluded.


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