TD says disabled people driving 240km for respite care

A Sligo mother whose son has had to travel to Monaghan for respite care is calling for clarity on the future of respite services.

It follows the closure of the Solas respite centre in Ballytivnan which closed earlier this year.

The matter was raised in the Dail yesterday.


The closure of the Solas respite centre has affected at last 28 families in the Sligo/Leitrim area.

However, Ocean FM News now understands the HSE has been looking at a house in Sligo in which to provide respite for people such as Helen Hamilton’s son, Niall.

But Helen says there’s no indication when that new service will become available.

Meanwhile, Sligo/Leitrim Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon raised the issue with the Taoiseach in the Dail yesterday:

In his reply to Deputy Scanlon, the Taoiseach said he had no information to hand on that local issue and he urged Deputy Scanlon to put down a question on it for the Minister for Health.