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€2 million investment for new Children's Centre

Monday, 9th October, 2017 10:01am

Enable Ireland is set to receive €2 million from the HSE for a new Children’s Centre in Cork.

The funding was confirmed today by Minister and Cork South Central TD Simon Coveney. The new state-of-the-art facility in Curraheen will include a hydrotherapy pool, playground, therapy and sensory rooms to accommodate the needs of the current and future children with disabilities. 

Minister Coveney turned the sod at the seven-acre site Cork just over a year ago, marking the beginning of a fundraising campaign to raise €7 million for the development of the centre.

Enable Ireland provides core therapy and support services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychology and social work to children with disabilities. The new centre will also provide feeding, assistive technology, spasticity and tone management, seating, an upper limb assessment clinic, Cork/Kerry orthopaedic clinic, hip and spinal surveillance, casting and GAIT analysis. 

Enable Ireland Cork Chairman Donal Cashman said: “Enable Ireland has been working in Cork since 1954 and, during that time, we have seen the need for our services increase enormously. We have a super team of highly skilled staff working with over 600 families and the new premises will enable us to continue to provide our vital services for our children, who really deserve the best. I would like to extend my thanks to the HSE for this investment and to all those who are supporting us through fundraising for this much-needed centre.” 

Minister Coveney said: “I am delighted to confirm that the HSE has provided a capital allocation of €2 million for the new Children’s Centre in Cork in the Health Services 2017/2018 Capital Programme. This will undoubtedly accelerate plans for the centre, which will replace the existing, ageing facility in Ballintemple.”

Commenting on the news, Senator Jerry Buttimer added: “The new Children’s Centre will ensure that current and future generations of children with disabilities in Cork will get the services they need in the best possible facilities. This centre will be state of the art and amongst the best in Europe, future proofing services for families with disabilities”.

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