Minister’s comments on homecare as solution to respite deemed ‘an insult’ by Kerry parents


Kerry parents of adult children with intellectual disabilities have reacted angrily to the suggestion made by Minister Finian McGrath that homecare could be the answer to the shortage of respite beds.

Parents had called on the Minister for Disability Issues and HSE to address the lack of respite beds and the need for respite care for adults with intellectual disabilities across the county.

The failure to make provision for €600,000 needed to staff a four-bedroom house in Listowel – purchased by the HSE for respite care at a cost €300,000 – was recently highlighted at a meeting attended by parents and local representatives.

Minister Finian McGrath has sinced suggested a homecare package could provide a solution to the respite bed shortage.

Kay Sayers from Listowel, whose son Seán is 33 years old, said the comments made by Finian’s McGrath were insulting to carers and parents of adult children with intellectual disabilities.