by Andrew Power
Thousands of people with intellectual disabilities and their families marched in Dublin, Galway and Castlebar today (7th July) in protest over cuts to disability and respite services around the State.
According to Inclusion Ireland, the national association for people with an intellectual disability, the Government cutbacks to essential services without prior consultation are “not acceptable”.
In Luke Cassidy's article in the Irish Times, Deirdre Carroll is quoted as saying: “People with disabilities and their families have been presented with cutbacks to all services they receive over the past year, such as day and residential services, and in particular to respite services (short breaks), and have had no say in what was cutback.
See full article by Luke Cassidy in the Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0707/breaking19.html