SWINGEING cuts to the Kerry Parents' and Friends' Association is going to 'devastate' one Ballybunion family in which a father is the sole carer for his wheelchair-confined wife and daughter.
The KPFA's budged is to be slashed by €400,000 next year and its many centres around the county will be forced to close for at least one day per week.
This will have a devastating effect on the Kelly family of Ballybunion. Daughter Laura (26), who has Down's Syndrome and is confined to a wheelchair, attends the service's centre in Listowel five days a week. Her mother Anne, who is also confined to a wheelchair since she suffered a stroke in August, does not know how the family is going to cope when the service is reduced by a day - as is now feared following the announcement of the cuts this week.
"The Kerry Parents' and Friends' is an absolute lifeline for Laura and I would love for [Health Minister] Dr James Reilly to explain to my daughter that she won't be able to go to Listowel for a day in the week. It is absolutely devastating and families are in complete shock over it all," she said.
"These young adults have borne so many cuts over the years... it is completely wrong and it is up to us as parents to stand up and fight for them," Ms Kelly said.