New committee formed with aim of opening up St Mary of the Angels facility to new residents

A new committee has been formed with the aim of opening up St Mary of the Angel facility to new residents.

The group’s been formed by family and friends of residents in the special needs facility in Beaufort.

They want the Government to reverse its policy and open up the centre to new residents.

Sarah Keane from Asdee, whose sister has lived in St Mary of the Angels for decades, wants people with profound special needs to have the opportunity to live in such a facility.

She says families of children with profound disabilities are in a very difficult situation

St Mary of the Angels Parents’ and Friends’ Association is already campaigning aginst the Government’s policy of decongregation.

This involves moving people with special needs from congregated settings into the community.

Minister Finian McGrath says current residents of St Mary of the Angels won’t be moved without their consent and the consent of their families.

However, no new residents are to be admitted.

Sarah Keane says decongregation is a ‘one size fits all’ approach and doesn’t work.