Sligo council calls for reinstatement of respite service

A Sligo mother whose son now is forced to travel to Monaghan for respite care says the lack of such services in the North West is a disgrace.

Helen Hamilton’s son Niall was availing of respite care in the Solas centre in Ballytivnan.

But respite is no longer available for at least 28 families in the Sligo Leitrim area since last year and they now have to travel to Monaghan to avail of the service.

At a meeting of the County Council yesterday, Sinn Fein Councillor Thomas Healy got unanimous support for his calls to ask the Minister of State for disabilities to ensure this service is reinstated.

A number of families attended the meeting including Helen who says the journey to Monaghan for her son has led to immense stress for everyone:

John Doyle is a spokesperson for parents with the Our Voice Their Future group in Sligo.

He says they were promised by the HSE that a private company would be taking over the service from October of this year but no progress has yet been made: