A Galway-based group has called on Minister for Health Mary Harney to guarantee the reinstatement of essential services for people with intellectual disabilities.

The Hope 4 Disability group said the disabled and their families are still extremely concerned and scared for the future.

They also want a clear commitment that there will be no further cuts in frontline provision.

The group said confusion and uncertainty surround what the Government and the HSE have committed to in response to Wednesday's protests by disabled people and their supporters.

It noted that Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Ministers Harney and John Moloney promised frontline services, in particular respite, will not be cut.

But the group has accused the Cabinet trio of failing to address existing cuts that have closed respite centres, curtailed day services and consolidated community homes.

Hope 4 Disability said these cuts have forced disabled people to move from what they had come to call home into more crowded accommodation.