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Monday 22 September 2014

Disabled charity man forced to work alone

Emma Jane Hade

Published 10/07/2014 | 02:30

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Pictured outside Buswells Hotel in Dublin is Joe Mooney, the CEO of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Picture: Tom Burke
Pictured outside Buswells Hotel in Dublin is Joe Mooney, the CEO of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Picture: Tom Burke

JOE Mooney is tired.

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The 49-year-old, above, has been on call every day for the last number of weeks because the cuts have meant that his organisation – Muscular Dystrophy Ireland – no longer have someone to run their respite and information centre.

He also lives with muscular dystrophy, a genetic condition that weakens the muscles which help the body move.

The Donegal native said: "We opened a purpose-built building three years ago in Chapelizod, it has a self-contained apartment."

Other services available at this centre include a library with information for people living with the condition, as well as a meeting room.

Until recently, a person was employed to run the place, but Mr Mooney said that he had to take on that role.

"We have lost the funding to employ that individual, so now that means there is a lot of pressure on other workers in the place," he said.

Joe is also the CEO of the national organisation. The group provide services to 644 members throughout the country.

However, he now has concerns for the organisation and the services they provide, as well as the toll that these cutbacks will have on his health.

Irish Independent

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