Seanad debates

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters

Disability Services

9:30 am

Photo of Micheál CarrigyMicheál Carrigy (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I apologise. There were mistruths. The facts need to be put out there. We must ensure that this organisation that looks after the vulnerable in our community is properly funded into the future and that it is placed on a firm footing. We need to ensure that we will not have a situation where a voluntary board of directors makes a decision to pay increased wages - and rightly so - to a significant number of staff in order to keep them on board to look after our vulnerable people to then be left in a situation where there is a significant deficit within the organisation as a result of that decision, which was based on information that turned out to be incorrect. I call on the Government to immediately put in place the funding, on a permanent basis, to cover these increased wages in order to ensure that we can keep the staff within St. Christopher's Services to look after the vulnerable in our community in Longford.


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