New bus for transporting service users en route –

– New residential unit also in the pipeline –

Minister Rabbitte welcomes development plans for Ability West in Portumna 1
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Minister for Disability and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has welcomed the announcement of plans to develop services under Ability West in Portumna.

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The plans include the purchase of a new wheelchair accessible mini-bus for service users accessing St. Dympna’s Day Service in Portumna.

This is in addition to the development of a new residential unit, which will become the ‘forever home’ to several Ability West service users once built.

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The announcements come following the celebration of St. Dympna’s 50th year in operation, which was marked in recent weeks with the opening of a new Sensory Garden by Minister Rabbitte.

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Minister Rabbitte commented:

I’m delighted to see the continued development of Ability West’s services in Portumna.

The purchasing of a new mini-bus will be fantastic for service users and enable greater access to the town and surrounding areas.

Transport is such a key enabler of people being able to live their lives the way they want and can often be taken for granted.

It may seem like a small thing but this new wheelchair accessible mini-bus will be transformative for St. Dympna’s.

It is also brilliant to see plans being developed to build a new residential unit in the town, which will be the home for several service users.

This is very exciting.

I understand engagement with Galway County Council is ongoing and I will do all I can to ensure this is delivered on time and that the Department of Housing approve the plans once submitted.

and she continued:

Ability West are a long established service provider in Galway and I’ve seen in my role as Minister for Disability that it is an organisation that is known and well respected across the country for the work it has done over the decades.

Julie Silke is the new CEO of the organisation and her vision for the service offers reassurance and confidence to families across the county that Ability West will continue to deliver quality care and support in the years ahead, while also planning for the expansion of services to cater for the growing demand.

and she concluded:

I look forward to working with Julie and the Ability West team to deliver these two initiatives over the coming months, as well as other initiatives the organisation has planned to improve how it supports people with disabilities.

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