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Cork disability group warns of service cuts

A LEADING Irish disability support group has warned that its services will be left devastated by a possible 5pc budget cut in 2013.

The COPE Foundation, a not-for-profit group that works with the intellectually disabled, warned that it had no idea how it would cope with further budget cuts after struggling to balance the books following a €2.1m funding loss this year.

The warning came as Health Minister James Reilly, who visits Cork today, said that no area of healthcare could be ring-fenced given the current financial challenges facing the State.

COPE warned that, given the funding cuts and the Croke Park Agreement implications, its services were now suffering.

Irish Independent