Public meeting to discuss Rosalie Unit in Castlerea tonight

A public meeting about the threatened closure of a health facility in Castlerea is taking place tonight.

There are concerns that the Rosalie unit is being shut by stealth because of a longstanding embargo on new admissions and more than 20 vacant beds.

Tonight’s meeting, which takes place in Hester’s Golden Eagle at 8 o’clock, is being organised by Liam Walsh, whose mother, Breda, lives in the Alzheimer’s and dementia facility.

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HSE chief Tony Canavan has refused to attend, but will meet relatives of the unit’s residents in Castlerea today.

Many politicians, including Environment Minister and Local TD Denis Naughten, will be present at tonight’s meeting, which Walsh says has several purposes.