Avlyn McKeown’s identical nine-year-old triplets - Alex, Kyle and Rian - are all non-verbal and require 24-hour care.
Avlyn spoke of the difficulties managing the boys as she grows older and the need for more HSE supports.
She said it has been particularly stressful in recent times given the boy’s behavioural issues, which have resulted in bruises all over her arms and legs.
“I recently turned 50,” she said.
“My fear is that in a few years I won’t be physically or mentally able to do this anymore. At nine years old there is kicking, biting and headbutting.
“In 10 years time, they are going to be 19 and even stronger.
“Meanwhile, I’ll be 60 and getting weaker.
“I need the help going forward to be able to keep the three boys together.
“The stress levels of looking after a child with severe special needs are equivalent to that of a combat soldier. I’m doing that by three.
“All they have in life is each other. Every mother has fears. They want to be able to care for their children from the cradle to the grave but without the right support going forward I won’t be able to do that.”