Labour Trade Unionists
06 September 2016

Following the publication of the report of the Áras Attracta Swinford Review Group, Labour Party Spokesperson on Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch has welcomed the recommendations by Dr Kevin McCoy and his team.

“In December 2014, I was shocked and distressed by the revelations of extremely poor and unacceptable standards of care and mistreatment of vulnerable residents in Áras Attracta. Every person who uses disability services in Ireland is entitled to expect and receive supports of the highest standard and to live in an atmosphere of safety and care. This is particularly important for vulnerable people in residential care whose families have entrusted them to the care of professional staff.

“I welcome the recommendations by Dr.Kevin McCoy that there must be a move to person-centred approach in Áras Attracta so that people are able to make decisions about their own lives. Much good work is already underway around the country at finding innovative ways to support people with disabilities to live more socially inclusive lives and it is important that the Áras Attracta report places emphasis on this.

“I would urge the government to ensure that all recommendations are implemented.

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