The Health Service Executive has insisted there was full consultation with family members before the closure of a mental-health facility in Roscommon.
There has been widespread condemnation of the decision to shut Athleague hostel, with claims there was no discussion before its unexpected closure last Thursday.
But the HSE says that as part of a reconfiguration of mental health services in Galway and Roscommon, it was planned that the four residents currently living in Athleague hostel would transition to more appropriate accommodation in the coming months.
It says this decision was based on individualised assessed clinical need and claims there was full consultation with the next of kin and the residents regarding these changes.
The executive says the transition was due to happen in the next two months, but it adds that due to unforeseen circumstances – the storms last week, and more recently a difficulty staffing the hostel – a decision was made to accommodate these residents in temporary accommodation pending transfer to their permanent accommodation.
It says next of kin and residents were also consulted as part of this interim arrangement.
But local Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice denies there was adequate consultation.