Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald today joined a protest at the Dáil against the closure of the Cuisle respite resort in Roscommon.
The Sinn Féin President said that Cuisle provides a “critical service” which cannot be met in hotels.
Deputy McDonald said;
“Today I met families, service users and workers who have been forced to protest outside in the cold to protect this vital service which is facing closure.
“People come to Cuisle from all over Ireland for respite breaks and family holidays. Other national organisations use the facilities – Ataxia Foundation Ireland, CanTeen Ireland, Enable Ireland, Irish Heart Foundation and Headway Ireland as well as local GAA clubs, Rugby club and other local organisations.
“The resort is not only integral to the community; it provides a critical service for people with disabilities and their families across the country. It also provides employment, with 48 people set to lost their jobs should the closure go ahead.
“Everyone I spoke to at the protest today told me that to lose Cuisle would be devastating.
“The hotel model proposed is totally unsuitable and will not be able to provide the supports or facilities needed.
“The buck stops with Government – they have to date failed to stand up for carers and people with disabilities. They now have the opportunity to do the right thing and ensure that this vital service is maintained and appropriately resourced. Sinn Féin stands with the Save Cuisle campaign.”