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Michael Collins TD “Absolute dismayed” at proposed closure of residential homes in Castletownbere

Deputy Michael Collins, has called on CoAction in West Cork to rescind their decision to close one of their residential houses in Castletownbere in November.

The West Cork TD says the closure would mean moving three Castletownbere residents with intellectual disabilities out of the Beara Peninsula to another Residential centre in West Cork, which could well mean that families will have travel well over an hour and a half to be with their loved ones

Deputy Collins added that the proposed closure is “a cause of huge upset for all involved” and while Deputy Collins has heard rumours that staffing is the reason for this proposed closure by Co Action, he is convinced that this can be overcome and every option must be explored other than closure.

Deputy Collins stated that Independent living was the Government’s new model over the last few years, but said that “if this closure is to happen to a residential house in Castletownbere, then this flies in the face of this being  a model to be sold to the public anywhere throughout the country”.

“The Community fundraised for these Homes, even the Fishermen’s Coop purchased one of the Houses in Castletownbere for Co Action recently, and this gesture was done mainly on the basis that local people with intellectual disabilities could live locally which they have up to now,” he said.

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