The need of a confidential recipient to take complaints in relation to care homes for persons with disabilities across Ireland

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Disability organisations call for immediate appointment of confidential recipient to take abuse claims.

For immediate release
11th December 2014

Disability organisations call for immediate appointment of confidential recipient to take abuse claims.

Reports today of care home abuses in Meath underpin call for independent investigation.

Inclusion Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland and the Special Needs Parents Association are calling on the Government to immediately appoint a confidential recipient to take complaints in relation to care homes for persons with disabilities across Ireland.

The organisations are receiving a high level of calls and contacts from people looking for clarity on where abuse allegations should go.

Inclusion Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland and the Special Needs Parents Association have also reiterated their call for the establishment of an independent inquiry into Aras Attracta and similar facilities.

The organisations believe that the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission should investigate the human rights and equality abuses of senior citizens with intellectual disabilities.

CEO of Inclusion Ireland Paddy Connolly stated: “The further revelations today of abusive practices in Redwood, Co Meath will heighten public concern and lead to greater numbers of people seeking to report alleged abuses.

“There is considerable public confusion on where to take complaints. The Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald should move now to appoint a confidential recipient who can receive information and forward to the appropriate authorities.”

Lorraine Dempsey of the Special Needs Parents Association stated: “People have contacted me wanting to forward documents and files of alleged abuses. The Government needs to urgently clarify where such information should go.”

Pat Clarke CEO Down Syndrome Ireland stated: “Listening to the Ombudsman this morning, there is clearly confusion and a lack of coherency between them and Hiqa on the issue of investigation and follow up to complaints.

“A confidential recipient would address this in the interim. These agencies need to speak to each other and issue public guidelines.”

ENDS

Cormac Cahill
Inclusion Ireland Communications & Information Officer
(01) 8559891
086 837 3394
cormac@inclusionireland.ie

Note to the editor:
Inclusion Ireland is the national association for people with an intellectual disability. We provide a central forum for our members to identify priorities and formulate nationally agreed policies to present to government, statutory bodies, other relevant groups as well as the general public. Inclusion Ireland campaigns for changes in services and legislation that will improve the quality of life and participation of people with an intellectual disability in Irish society.

Inclusion Ireland also provide an information and advice service to people with an intellectual disability, their families and also to services that support people with an intellectual disability as well as students and others doing research in the sector etc.

For more information, please go to www.inclusionireland.ie or phone (01) 855 9891.

ENDS
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For further information contact:
Cormac Cahill, Communications & Information Officer, Inclusion Ireland
(01) 855 9891 / 086 837 3394

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