Thursday, April 25, 2019

An emergency meeting of Roscommon County Council has been called this week to discuss the “imminent” and “brutal” closure of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at Áras an Chontae, Roscommon Town, this Wednesday morning, April 24th, at 10 a.m..

There has been huge anger locally following confirmation from the HSE that the Rosalie Unit would cease to function as a community psychiatric unit. It stated in a letter to residents’ families that a recent review of the residents’ clinical needs found they did not require continuing in-patient psychiatric care.

Alternative care arrangements were being put in place for each of the residents, and these plans would be discussed thoroughly with the residents and their next of kin, the HSE said.

“The clinical team and an independent advocate will be available to support them through this process,” it added.

Approximately 70 protesters gathered outside the unit last Thursday to condemn the closure, which was described by Independent Cllr Nigel Dineen as “the biggest emergency situation this county has seen”.

The first of the unit’s 12 residents left the facility on the day following a standoff.

Cllr Dineen requested the emergency meeting, supported by a number of his councillor colleagues, in a hard-hitting letter to the council Chief Executive Eugene Cummins and Cathaoirleach Ivan Connaughton dated Good Friday, April 19th.

The meeting, he wrote, would discuss “the imminent closure of the Rosalie Home in Castlerea and the broken promises and assurances by this Government to the residents, their families and the Rosalie Home Community at large.

“This is the biggest emergencysituation this county has seen, where our most vulnerable community members are being pushed away from their homes and their secure and familiar environment.

“This represents another brutal and wholescale attack on rural Ireland. Roscommon County Council must make a stand on behalf of these vulnerable people.”

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