Budget respite for Kerry Parents and Friends

DÓNAL NOLAN

THE KERRY Parents' and Friends' Association is breathing a massive sigh of relief this week in one of the few good-news developments from Wednesday's budget.

The service - which provides hundreds of adults with special needs from all corners of the county with a regular five-day service at its centres - was expecting to be hit by a swingeing cut of five per cent.

Following a nationwide campaign by the group as part of a wider campaign about special needs services in general, this was rowed back to 0.3 per cent of a cut for KPFA in 2013.

Speaking to The Kerryman in recent weeks, KPFA heads and clients spoke of how devastating the five per cent cut would prove; entailing the closure of its centres for part of each week.

'Enough is enough' was their rallying call in a fight to retain the excellent care and service they provide for hundreds of people all over Kerry.

The organisation was widely congratulated this week for its successful campaign against the proposed five per cent reduction in its budget.

Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris was among those who praised the manner in which the group refused to accept the proposed cut.

"I want to congratulate everyone involved, particularly those who travelled from Kerry last month to protest outside the gates of the Dáil and to the campaigners who have worked tirelessly over the last number of months to lobby their elected representatives all over the country," he said.

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