Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (668)

John Brassil

Question:

668. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health his views on the residential centre for adults with autism at a location (details supplied) in County Kerry that remains unoccupied five years after completion; the steps being taken to progress its opening in view of the shortfall in services for persons with autism in the county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18615/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

As the Deputy's question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.