The Cuisle Holiday Centre in Donamon could be reopened under a new local organisation. The Cuisle Alliance, originally initiated by Deputy Denis Naughten, Cllrs Orla Leyden and Laurence Fallon alongside a number of community volunteers, has decided to formally apply to the Divine Word Missionaries to have an interim 12-month lease for the Cuisle Complex.
If the initial lease is successful, a 25-year lease would then be sought. The Alliance will also seek long term funding to ensure the future of the centre.
The Donamon centre closed on Friday, November 29th with the loss of more than 40 jobs after the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) said it was unable to fund necessary upgrade works at the facility.
The Cuisle Alliance said it would set up a suitable legal entity to manage, co-ordinate and carry out the daily requirements of Cuisle, and to develop an initial 18-month plan to resolve the existing health and safety issues at the site.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that a protest outside the offices of Minister Finian McGrath and the headquarters of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) is to take place early next year by campaigners opposed to the closure of Cuisle.