The Cleary Centre in Donegal town.
Parents of adults with intellectual disabilities attending the Cleary Centre in Donegal Town say they have been “let down” by the HSE over their apparent failure to submit a capital funding plan in time.
However, in a response to this, the HSE
Concern from the parents arose when they read a letter to Deputy Thomas Pringle stating that an application for capital funding for a new
In a statement issued on Monday to the Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press on behalf of the Parents & Friends of the Cleary Centre they say they are “appalled to learn that the application for capital funding was not submitted after all the hours of meetings put in by parents and local meetings where clients attended also”.
In their statement the 'Friends' explain how they were informed on February 15th that the application was not submitted via correspondence received by Deputy Thomas Pringle.
In a letter dated February 15th, 2018 from the HSE’s Head of Estates, Deputy Pringle was informed that “no submission in relation to the Cleary Centre, Donegal Town was received by 31st January 2018”. The letter added that submissions that were received by the January 31st deadline are to be considered at a meeting due to be held on March 12th, 2018.
However, in a response to a Democrat query, the HSE
The HSE added: “While it was anticipated that decision would be made in November 2017 the national process has been delayed. A new date for HSE National Capital & Property Steering Group is currently scheduled for the 12th March 2018.”
The Parents & Friends of the Cleary Centre say they are worried that if the deadline has been missed as indicated in the reply to Deputy Pringle, it could mean “at least a delay of a year or more which is hugely frustrating.”