Sunday 15 September 2019

'I'd have a better life in prison, this Budget won't do anything to improve life for people with disabilities'

Shane Rothwell (36), from Blanchardstown, has been living in a hospital for five years where he says he feels isolated

Shane Rothwell says the Budget won’t make any difference to the disabled
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A DUBLIN man living with cerebral palsy believes an additional €5 a week won't make a shred of difference to the disability community in Ireland.

Shane Rothwell (36), from Blanchardstown, Dublin, said the increase in the disability allowance won't improve his "terrible" living situation.

"I'm very disappointed with the Budget announcement. I don't think it will change my life or anyone else who lives with a disability," he said.

 "There also wasn't much to improve PA (Personal Assistance) hours. There are so many carers for the elderly and people with disabilities out there, but they're not being supported nearly as much as they should be."

Shane is currently living in St Mary's Hospital in the Phoenix Park, which he says is far from ideal.

"I've been stuck here for the past five years. I'm the youngest by about 30 years and have no one to talk to.

"I honestly believe I would have a better life in prison. I wouldn't feel isolated there."

Shane was informed that he would be living in the hospital on a short-term basis until a specially adapted house in Blanchardstown became available.

"I was promised a home more than a year ago, but due to building complications it still hasn't been completed yet."

Shane set up the Voice of Disabled Friends in 2015 after he hit an all-time low regarding his struggle to find a place to live in Dublin 15. With the help and support of his community, Shane has gained employment and is committed to giving people with a disability a voice.

Irish Independent

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