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Maynooth Lecturer's Testimony Highlights Vital Role Of Parkinson’s Association Amid Funding Shortfall

CEO of Parkinson's Ireland Shane O'Brien said the disease is the fastest growing neurological condition.

The Parkinson’s Association has sounded the alarm on a funding shortfall endangering essential services for  patients.

With just a €70,000 annual allocation, the organisation said it is struggling to maintain vital services, including physiotherapy and speech therapy.

The organisation has appealed to policymakers, requesting €121,000 in additional funding.

Maynooth lecturer, Brenda O’Connell (59), said the association provided a vital service for her when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

She said staff were able to provide her with support and information on the condition.

She said she got vital information about diet and when to take her medication.

"I really needed the information and the Parkinson's helpline is incredible," she said.

CEO of the Parkinson's Association Shane O'Brien said the disease is the fastest growing neurological condition.

He said the services include outreach programmes and supports to local people.

He said he understands that the HSE is under pressure due to a shortfall in their own budget but the demand for the Association's services is increasing month-on-month.


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