‘Blood boiling’ in Roscommon over mental-health facility’s closure

There’s anger in Roscommon over claims a mental-health facility has closed without notice.

It’s understood residents have been relocated to other facilities.

It’s claimed the four residents of Athleague mental-health hostel were moved from the facility last Thursday because of the severe weather, which would have made it difficult for staff to travel to them.


They were relocated to hostels in Boyle and Castlerea, but Strokestown’s Eileen Beirne, who worked as a healthcare assistant for more than 20 years, says that on Monday, they were told their move was permanent.

Beirne is outraged at the news.

Beirne says the hostel’s staff have been redeployed, with at least one gone to Strokestown.

Local councillor Ivan Connaughton says the four residents were part of the community, and is calling for HSE chiefs to resign over the news.

The HSE has not yet responded to requests for comment.

But a local staff member, who asked not to be named, says it was always the executive’s plan to close the facility this week, with a two-year wind-down of it agreed and that consultation had taken place.

They claimed the building was in poor condition.