Brendan Smith welcomes €2.3m for three local projects to boost community living for people with disabilities

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has welcomed €2.3m in approved funding for three disability service projects in Cavan.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “I very much welcome funding of €2.3m to renovate three purchased residential dwellings in County Cavan, in Kilnavara, Creighan and Carrickaboy.

“These excellent projects offer community living to people with disabilities. It gives people the opportunity to live in a home of their choice. They will also have the chance to become a part of their community and can live their best lives.”

Over €5.9 million has been approved by the HSE for congregated settings under the Capital Developments Scheme across Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo.

Following a submission to the Department of Health in June 2015, a €100m programme, cash-flowed over five years, was approved within the Capital Plan to provide residential accommodation in the community for residents of institutional congregated settings. The submission was in response to the Department of Health 2011 policy document; ‘The Congregated Settings Report – A Time to Move On’ and, the HIQA document; ‘National Standards for Residential Services with Disabilities’ 2013.

The priority to date has been on the purchase of houses in the community and the adaptation of these houses to suit the requirements of residents moving from congregated settings.

This programme was somewhat delayed in 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19, but continued in 2021 with an added goal of working closer with local authorities and approved housing bodies to avail of other Government funding through the Capital Assistance Scheme.