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.
Significant resources continue to be invested in disability services. I am pleased that I have been able to both build upon significant existing resources and to obtain additional funding for disability services in the 2020 Budget. With these additional monies secured, the overall Budget for disability services is in excess of €2billion.
In relation to the building built by Respond in Carrickmacross Co Monaghan, and completed in late 2018, I have been assured by the Health Service Executive (HSE) that it is continuing to work with all relevant parties with regard to the development of the facility. The development of the facility is a service matter for the HSE, and so I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.