The Convention Centre, Dublin.
Disabled service users and their families say ‘Enough is Enough’ outside a sitting of the Dáil.
The ‘Enough Is Enough – Every Voice Counts’ group is protesting the removal of day services for people with disabilities, and are calling for ‘equal treatment as the rest of the society reopens’.
Róisín Shortall TD, co-leader of the Social Democrats, has welcomed a ‘commitment’ from the Taoiseach that the disability cuts of €20m will no longer go ahead.
Deputy Shortall said:
“These cuts, billed as ‘efficiency cuts’, were announced back in January before the Covid-19 crisis. And while there were vague suggestions from the former Minister for Health that they would not go ahead during the pandemic, this is not what service providers in the disability sector were hearing on the ground from the HSE.
“Last week, the new Minister for Health said he did not know if the cuts would still go ahead so I welcome today’s confirmation from the Taoiseach that they will not proceed. In the Dáil today, I pressed him to put this in writing to the HSE and disability organisations immediately.”