She commented, “The Department of Health have confirmed to me that the HSE have begun the process to lease a new premises for the provision of respite services in Cavan Town. This is excellent news for the clients and their families who have been left for months without respite services.
“However, this has been a frustratingly slow process despite repeatedly raising this matter with the Minister for Health and HSE locally. Families have been treated poorly with no respect shown for months upon months as the Annalee View site closed due to an oil leak.
“If the political will was there from government this would not have taken as long to find a new home or work on the repairs which started the original closure.
“The government need to fully understand those benefiting from this opening will be located from Cavan, leaving respite clients in Monaghan with little to no services. They should be catered for in conjunction with services in Cavan.
“HIQA will conduct an onsite visit shortly with a view to registering the facility and then allowing Cavan Monaghan Disability Services to commence respite services,” concluded Deputy Smyth.