‘This is the only home these women have ever known’

by Gazette Reporter

CAMPAIGNERS protesting at the closure of St Mary’s Nursing Home on Merrion Road have called on the State to intervene.

Plans to shut the care facility owned by the Sisters of Charity prompted a rally outside the Dail last week with claims the residents were as good as being evicted.

Joe Brabazon, whose wife Kay is a resident of St Mary’s, said: “When she moved in I was more happy than she was. I was delighted to see such a lovely place and lovely people who worked there.

“The scare of Covid was very real, frightening, and now this on top of it all.”

Residents are being discharged for transfer on a weekly basis from the nursing home, which is Covid-19 free. Campaigners say this is a health and safety risk.

Liquidators were appointed by the High Court and arrived at the nursing home and the adjacent assisted supported housing and apartments two weeks ago.

Staff, residents and their families were shocked at the move and they are calling on Health Minister Stephen Donnelly to step in and ensure St Mary’s stays open.

Trish Healy, whose mother Kay Martin is a resident, said: “We are absolutely gutted. This was done during Covid which is so distressing. They are putting her health at risk.”

The campaign group wants and assurances that the three facilities on the St Mary’s campus will continue by transferring it into State ownership.

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