Parents of 13 disabled school-leavers in Dublin have won their battle to secure comprehensive day-care services for their dependants.

Some parents in the 11 families concerned had to consider giving up work to care for their disabled dependants when the company providing the day care received only 33% of the funding required to provide a five-day service.

Welcoming the breakthrough, one of the parents, Damien Douglas, said the families had received written confirmation from Stewarts that it would provide 30 hours of services over a five-day week.

It will also provide transportation to and from the service-users' homes.

Stewarts also said each person's service will be tailored to his or her needs.

Mr Douglas said the Health Service Executive appeared to find the funds by making savings in other health and social services in the area.

He said he understood that Stewarts would be permitted to hire extra staff under the National Nursing Initiative.