Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle has called on the Minister for Disabilities Finian Mc Grath to ensure that the O’ Cleary Centre Donegal Town is included in Budget 2019.
Earlier this year the O’Cleary Centre met with the Minister on a delegation to the Dail when they received a commitment that the centre would be included in the building programme of the Department and the HSE, but subsequently it became clear that there was no funding in the 2018 budget to build a new centre.

He said:

“Therefore, as the budget talks commence this week I am publicly calling on the Minister to ensure that he makes provision for the capital costs for the construction of a new Centre in Donegal Town.”

Pat the Cope stated that “the O’Cleary Centre carries out trojan work on behalf of the disability sector, providing supports for those with intellectual disabilities. In 2014 the centre was deemed to be no longer fit for purpose and a new purpose built centre would be required to insure the long-term future of the centre. Initially the centre was refused inclusion on the building programme of the Department but following pressure applied on the Minister and the Department it was subsequently agreed to be included on the programmebut no funding was approved at the time.”

“It is essential that funding for this new centre forms part of the 2019 budget and that the Minister for Disabilities Deputy Mc Grath ringfences the funding which will be required to construct the new centre. If this centre is to move to construction stage it will require funding to be approved in next months Budget and it is in that context that I am now pressurising the Minister to make provision for this most needed centrein Donegal Town. If the government fail to make provision for this centre then it will delay the delivery of the new centre considerably,” he concluded. 

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