Advocacy groups have criticised a new multibillion euro Government plan to help people with disabilities by labelling it a “missed opportunity” that is “short on vision” and fails to address chronic poverty among those affected.
Critical care standards at the Áras Attracta disability centre in Mayo were not being met a month after footage emerged showing residents being fore-fed, kicked and slapped, an inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority found.
The disability sector said they fear people with disabilities and their families will still be penalised by water charges, despite the concessions announced yesterday, while advocacy groups for older people gave the preliminary water charges scheme a cautious welcome.
Pressure is already mounting on Government to reverse its 20% cut to “lifeline” respite support for carers, after the move was slammed as a “back-door attack on disability” which flies in the face of promises to protect the service.
LOCAL jockey Gavin Sheehan led from pillar to post on the local owned and trained That Fellow in the Irish Examiner sponsored Ballabuidhe Derby before a huge crowd on the opening day of the sun-soaked Ballabuidhe Festival in Dunmanway yesterday.