‘Little progress’ made on new building for Cleary Centre

A Donegal TD says ‘little progress’ has been made in providing a new building for the Cleary Centre, which supports those with intellectual disabilities in Donegal Town.

Now, a meeting is to take place next month between the minister with respoonsibility for those with disabilities, Finian McGrath, a delegation from the Cleary Centre, HSE officials and constituency Dail deputies.

Nearly two years ago, the Centre moved from the Clar Road to the new Victor building in Lurganboy.

But Fianna Fail Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher says the Centre needs funding and a new building.

Meanwhile, Disability campaigners are welcoming Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities but say it won’t be enough by itself.

The Dáil unanimously backed the ratification last night, making us the last EU country to do so.

The convention contains commitments to take action to improve the lives of people with disabilities in all areas.

Senator John Dolan, Chief Executive of the Disability Federation of Ireland, says ratification is just the beginning: