Thursday, 12 May 2022
Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation
Jennifer Carroll MacNeill (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael)
I thank the Ceann Comhairle. I raise again with the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, the need for residential and respite care for people with profound disabilities in Dún Laoghaire in my constituency, in particular the case of 28-year-old Louisa Fitzgerald who has been profoundly disabled since birth and requires 24-hour care. Her parents are in their 60s and both have been through cancer twice. Louisa suffers from severe epileptic seizures and needs residential care. At the very least, her family need respite care. I have written to and spoken with the Minister of State about this case and I thank her for her support. I am embarrassed for the HSE to have to raise and press Louisa's case with the Minister of State in the Dáil to try to get respite and some comfort for her parents as they continue to look after her in advance of getting residential care.