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Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Fiona O'Loughlin: I was trying to get your attention a Cheann Comhairle. It is your ruling.

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: It is and I am sorry but I have called the Minister of State so the practice is that once the Minister of State is called he replies.

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Finian McGrath: I have no problem. I will support allowing time for the Deputy.

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Minister of State is giving way. Off you go.

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Fiona O'Loughlin: I thank the Minister of State. I appreciate him giving way and I will try not to be too hard on him in what I say.

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Finian McGrath: After all that.

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Fiona O'Loughlin: The Government continues to fall way short in delivering for children with disabilities. I know that as a sibling of someone with a disability. Long waiting lists and long waiting times seem to be embedded in the system we have, and they undermine the policy of early intervention. It is hugely important that we have the opportunity to give children the intervention they need at an early...

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Joan Collins: The crux of the Minister's contribution is that there is nothing to see here, move along, the Government is dealing with everything. He said that next year an autism group will be set up to look at the whole area of ASD right across the board. He referenced disability services and the Disability Act but the reality, as other Deputies have said, is that there are major problems for parents...

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: The working title for this debate is "progressing children's disability services". It must be acknowledged that progress has been made in this area, particularly if one thinks of children with a disability 50 years ago or even 20 years ago. Today there is more understanding of disability and more knowledge about the range of disabilities that exist. We know more about what needs to be...

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Gino Kenny: I want to try to be as constructive as possible, but that is difficult when-----

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Finian McGrath: I would be surprised.

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Gino Kenny: I am trying to be constructive-----

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Finian McGrath: I know.

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Gino Kenny: -----but it is difficult in this debate when one sees the stark reality of what parents have to face. Children who need intervention are being failed, which is the key word I will use. I do not doubt the Minister of State's bona fides. Rather, I am stating the facts, and the facts are that children are being failed on a grand scale. Parents are being forced to bring the Government to...

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Seán Crowe: The programme for Government suggests a strong commitment to early intervention for children. This not happening in my constituency or in the CHO 7 area. According to the latest figures from the HSE, 6,480 children in CHO 7 area are waiting for speech and language assessments and supports. Dublin South-West has the highest number of children waiting longer for assessments than any other...

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Alan Kelly: Three clear components are required for progressing children's disability services, namely, assessment, early intervention and school placement. I will make my comments on these basics, which are considered the norm throughout Europe. Since 2016, the HSE has been continually promising the roll-out of progressive disability services for children and young people. Obviously, this has not...

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Niamh Smyth: Last month, Fianna Fáil received disappointing figures which show that the numbers of overdue assessments of need - as provided for under the Disability Act 2005 - had risen from 3,500 to more than 3,700 by the end of June. The Disability Act 2005 provides for an assessment of needs for eligible applicants with disabilities. Assessments of need must commence within a three-month...

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Jackie Cahill: The general failures in the health service are a grave concern to all Deputies but when children are affected, it is doubly concerning. The fact that the services involved are for children with disabilities is extremely difficult to stomach. The Government continues to fall short on delivering for children with disabilities. Long waiting lists and waiting times seem to be embedded in the...

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: As I did last evening, I put it to the Government in very clear terms exactly what it is that it neglected to do in last month's budget. Waiting list figures in the area of disability services for children have been unacceptably high for quite some time. There was an opportunity in budget 2020 to begin the process of clearing the waiting lists. There are serious delays for children waiting...

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Stephen Donnelly: There is a young woman in Wicklow who has spina bifida and who is in a wheelchair. Her spine is curving as she grows, as a result of her condition. Her wheelchair cushion, therefore, needs to be adapted as her spine curves. I met her mum, who told me that she could not use her wheelchair anymore because her spine had curved to such a degree that she could not use the cushion. It causes...

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