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'System is not broken, it's non-existent,' says dad of autistic girl

Mark Cahill feels it's been an 'uphill battle' to get any kind of help his daughter Abigail

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Mark and Claire Cahill pictured at their home in Raheny with their daughter Abigal [5]  who has autism. Picture Credit:Frank McGrath
4/2/20

Mark and Claire Cahill pictured at their home in Raheny with their daughter Abigal [5] who has autism. Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 4/2/20

Mark and Claire Cahill pictured at their home in Raheny with their daughter Abigal [5] who has autism. Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 4/2/20

Mark Cahill's daughter, Abigail, was approaching her second birthday when he first noticed some unusual behaviour.

She had poor eye contact, she liked spinning in circles, and began 'losing' words that she previously had in her vocabulary.

Along with his concerned wife Claire, they brought her to their local health care provider, who referred her on to a waiting list for an Assessment of Need (AON).