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Former local care home operator urges Minister for Older People to apologise

Sep 1, 2022 18:09 By Shannonside News
Former local care home operator urges Minister for Older People to apologise Former local care home operator urges Minister for Older People to apologise
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It follows comments made by Minister Mary Butler that some operators appear to be closing their current businesses in favour of accommodating refugees.

The Minister for Older People has been called on to apologise over comments she's made regarding care homes closing to house Ukrainian Refugees.

Speaking yesterday, Minister Mary Butler said she's "genuinely concerned" that some operators appear to be closing their current businesses in favour of accommodating those displaced from the war.

The statement has been heavily critiscised by the family behind a local care home that shut it's door last month.

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Stella Maris Nursing Home in Baylough made the decision due to what they say are soaring costs and unrealistic expectations from HIQA among other reasons.

The small family run centre provided twenty-four hour general nursing care for up to 25 residents.

Speaking to Let's Talk today, owner and former operator of the Nursing Home Claire McNally says the Minister should apologise for her comment and retract it.

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I think it was a really unfair comment from the Minister.

I'm very saddened to think that's the person advocating for our older people in Ireland.

We weren't too proud to ask for help and it went on deaf ears.

It just shows how detached she is from the reality of running a small nursing home because we've put our lives into this.

I think that it's really really unfair and we actually deserve an apology for it

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