Crisis at St. Michael’s House in SkerriesJanuary 29, 2019 ADMIN 0
Cllr Tony Murphy, Board of management member of St Michael’s House Skerries was delighted when Finian McGrath took up the invitation to visit St. Michael’s House Skerries on Monday 28th of January. At a meeting with Finian McGrath Independent TD Minister of state for Disability issues in his Dail office, he was briefed by board members on the issues surrounding the school and the children and the concerns with regard to the delay in delivering the long awaited new school.
Currently the situation has reached crisis point for some families. This year there are 16 applications for one placement in St. Michael’s house in Skerries. This will leave families and children with extended journeys or no placement whatsoever says Murphy.
Credit must be given to the staff of St Michael’s house for what they achieve working in a building that does not serve the needs adequately of neither staff nor child. The reality is sadly the true potential of the children’s attainment cannot be realised in the current building says Murphy.
“Almost two decades into the 21st century, it’s unrelenting and often soul- destroying battle for parents of children with intellectual disabilities to get the support they deserve” says Murphy.