Fianna Fáil’s private members’ bill on the Rosalie Unit is expected to be before the Dáil in the next three to four weeks.
Deputy Eugene Murphy said he hoped his bill opposing the closure of the Rosalie Unit and other mental health facilities in the country would be heard before the summer recess.
“We hope to be bringing that bill in either the last or second last session,” he said.
He said that there was a rota for private members business which FF had to abide by, and stressed that the bill would not be binding on the Government but could shame it into action.
“Even though the HSE is having discussions with the families and staff, the reality is the residents are going to be forcibly moved. That’s the bottom line. The HSE and others would say that’s not the case, but it is true,” he said.
He said that the residents should be allowed to remain at the unit as it was their home and was very sceptical of the mooted future plans for the Rosalie Unit.
“There is nothing in the pipeline, in the short term, for that at all. There hasn’t been any talk about the finances or what the plan might be,” he said. He was also concerned there was “no movement on St Patrick’s Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon”.