« BackKerry TD hits out at Disability Minister over St Mary’s comments

Danny Healy Rae

A Kerry TD has hit out at the Disability Minister’s support of a policy of decongregation without coming to visit St Mary of the Angels, Beaufort.

The HSE policy aims to offer those in institutions the opportunity to live in the community with necessary supports.

Parents of the 77 residents of St Mary’s says the Beaufort facility is not an institution and say the policy is a one size fits all approach.

Minister Finian McGrath says the welfare and dignity of residents is absolutely paramount and moving residents into the community will be done with full consultation with residents and their families.

Independent Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae says he is very disappointed in the Minister and needs to give up his carry on, which is annoying the community, when he hasn’t yet visited St Mary’s.