New state of the art Cork centre for children with disabilities gets the go-ahead

It is great news that planning permission has been granted for a new state of the art Enable Ireland centre in Curaheen in Cork for children with disabilities.

Enable Ireland currently provides vital therapy and support services to over 600 children and young people with disabilities from the Lavanagh Centre in Ballintemple, on behalf of the HSE. However the building, which was founded in 1954, is now in disrepair and is no longer fit to accommodate the needs of the children and families availing of services there.

The decision to grant planning permission for the new state of the art centre close to the Curaheen flyover is great news and means that work can now begin on this very exciting project.

The seven acre site will house a new Children’s Services Centre, where therapy and support services will be provided to children with disabilities and their families.

Once operational, the new centre will house a hydrotherapy pool, garden, playground, therapy rooms and sensory rooms to accommodate the needs of children with disabilities.

The site will also accommodate a children’s respite house, where children with disabilities can develop their independence skills and families can get a much needed break.

It is fantastic news for families of children and young people with disabilities that this new centre will now go ahead. Enable Ireland have now set themselves the challenging target of raising €7 million over the next four years to build this centre and make the project a reality.“

Kathyann Barrett
Fine Gael Press Office
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