A number of concerns have been raised in relation to the co-living development that is being built as part of the new private nursing home on the convent grounds in Clondalkin Village.
The site being developed by Bartra faced massive opposition by local people before it was granted permission by An Bórd Pleanála.
In addition to the 145 nursing home rooms the development includes the refurbishment of an existing building into a co-living facility of 25 bedrooms for staff.
Gino Kenny TD commented: “I’m very concerned about the co-living aspect of this development, both in terms of the living conditions for staff, but also in terms of infection control and health of nursing home residents.
“Covid-19 has shown us the importance of adequate facilities to self-isolate in order to control the spread of infection. I would be very concerned about nursing home staff living in co-living facilities. The Minister has also recently introduced legislation to stop further co-living facilities for this reason.
“I would also be concerned about the increase in employers providing sub-standard for workers, many of whom are very low paid and can’t afford to access housing in the private rental market. This can also lead to the exploitation of workers who are living in housing supplied by the employer,” he added.
Deputy Kenny is now calling on the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to intervene to stop the co-living development for the nursing home staff.