The threat of industrial action at the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea has significantly escalated following the moving of residents last week.
A meeting of Fórsa, the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), SIPTU and HSE management will take place this Friday and was demanded after four residents were moved from the facility to other centres last Friday.
Padraig Mulligan of Fórsa told the Roscommon Herald he was furious the decision was made without speaking to unions first. “The unions have demanded an urgent meeting on Friday where HSE management will be held accountable for what has happened,” he said.
Derek Cunningham of the PNA said the union would seek full clarification on what was planned for the unit. It would then assess the situation following the meeting.
Castlerea man Liam Walsh, whose mother is a resident at the Rosalie Unit, said they were reaching the final stages. “I still can’t understand it. We have a situation where 5,500 people have signed a petition asking that the facility remain open and yet this has zero impact on the HSE’s position,” he said.