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Castlerea Mental Health Unit Future Must Be Secured

I want to add my voice to the concerns expressed locally about the future of The Rosalie Unit at Aras Naomh Chaolain in Castlerea. I visited the facility last weekend and saw first hand the excellent work that is going on there, being carried out by a hard-working and dedicated staff. Any plans by the HSE to transfer the patients to private nursing homes would be totally unacceptable. These people have no one to speak for them in this instance, and the HSE are acting in an arrogant and high handed manner on this issue. What is needed is clarity and we need to see a long term plan about the future of this unit. I am seeking an urgent meeting with the relevant clinical manager on this issue and I shall be raising it in the Dail at the earliest opportunity.