At long last!!!
Carthy welcomes progress on Carrickmacross Group home
Cavan Monaghan TD, Matt Carthy, has welcomed reports that the Group Home for persons with Physical and Sensory difficulties in Carrickmacross may finally be set to become operational. Families of some of the residents-to-be of the home were told this week that funding has been released for 2021.
Deputy Carthy repeated his long-standing assertion that the families involved had been treated abysmally by successive Ministers and the HSE which resulted in several protracted delays. The saga to deliver the home has been ongoing since 2004!
Matt Carthy said this week:
“I have lost count of the numbers of letters and questions that were written and submitted to countless Ministers and officials urging that this vital facility be built and then made operational.
“The fact that the families of those who will avail of this facility have been campaigning for almost 17 years, and the fact that the building is constructed but empty for the past four years, is an indictment of the attitude of successive governments towards people with disabilities.
“I sincerely hope that this week’s developments will mark the final journey for the families concerned, especially the parents of those people with disabilities who will reside in the home. They want their children, who have been cared for in their own homes all their lives, to be looked after in a suitable setting for the years to come. It is their perseverance that led to the construction of the building and to now the news that funding for its operation has been provided. It is disappointing that they had to repeatedly approach their elected representatives and the media to highlight their plight but, at last, it appears that their efforts have been recognised.
“Several questions will need to be answered in the coming days regarding the expected timeframe for the operation of the home. I am a little concerned that there is reference to remedial works. I trust that this is not a delaying tactic. As always, I and my local Sinn Féin councillor colleagues, will continue to monitor this issue until it is finally brought to a conclusion – we sincerely hope that this will be early in 2021”.