Over 300 protesters rallied in Abbeyleix, Co Laois over the closure of a respite centre for adults with disabilities.

The centre's respite services have been amalgamated with a children's respite centre nearby.

The protesters claim that this respite centre is already under pressure.

The Muiríosa Foundation provides respite servies for the HSE in the county.

The foundation said that alternative care has been provided for most of the families affected by the closure.

This restructuring is part of the €6m of cuts the foundation has had to implement over the past four years.