A Mayo Senator has asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to address the urgent need for a family resource centre in Erris.

Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh says the Minister needs to recognise the unique factors present in Erris. She says due to the poor standards of the roads and the dire lack of public service, the population of Erris cannot rely on essential services making their way into the area.

The Senator says it is not feasible for support services such as those provided for by Tusla through Family Resource Centres to travel in and out of Erris to meet individuals and families.

She says Tusla and HSE staff spending half their day travelling is not a best use of their time and is not conductive to providing the quality of support service to individuals and families. Senator Conway-Walsh says the reality is that families and individuals are being deprived of life saving and life changing supports and services available to people living in other areas.

She says a FRC located in Erris would facilitate an early intervention and prevention approach and would assist in preventing cases escalating to social work teams which are already overstretched.

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