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Misinformation & Neglect

This is how we treat the most vulnerable in our society, leaving many senior citizens and people with disability abandoned.

It is official neglect, laws enacted that create impossibilities for people, rather than helping them.

The new Decision Support Services (April 2023), enacted to replace the 1871 Lunacy Regulations, has left about 2,000 stuck in the Wards system, and nobody is responding to the families pleas for help.

Individuals were made Wards of Court, often after bad accidents or other disabling conditions, meaning that their finances and care are managed by court appointed officials. 

The vast funds held by the Courts services, on behalf of Wards, has no oversight by the Oireachtas or the Comptroller and Auditor General.  During the Celtic Tiger years these funds were speculated with; lawyers, brokers and accountants made loads of money, but they lost huge tracts of funds.

These have never been replaced and the Wards of Court and their families are in crisis because of it.

Diarmaid Ó Cadhla spoke to some of the families outside Leinster House this week.

They have appealed to Helen McEntee, Minister for Justice; Roderic O’Gorman TD, Minister for Children and Anne Rabbitte TD, Minister for State at Department of Health.

They have appealed that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities be complied with.

They have appealed that the Optional Protocol to that Convention, which would allow people to call our Government to account, and to make complaints to the UN itself, be ratified.

Listen to them.