Castlerea’s Rosalie Unit to close tomorrow with staff unsure of their futures

Unions representing staff at the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea say it’s unacceptable that they have no idea where they will be working from Thursday.

The unit is to close tomorrow with 24 members of staff not given any clarity of their future roles, despite the HSE stating that all stakeholders would be fully consulted before it’s closed.

The final two residents of the Rosalie Unit, a community psychiatric centre, will be moved to the nearby Aras Mhathair Phol tomorrow.

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It brings to an end a four-year campaign by residents and their families who wanted to remain in what had become their home.

There were 13 residents in the centre, when it’s closure was announced in April this year.

Residents were moved to older persons homes in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

Four have died since then.

There have been 24 staff looking after the final two residents in Rosalie and they now are unsure of their future.

Unions have requested that they were to be fully consulted and an agreement was to be reached about their new locations of work, but Forsa which represents healthcare staff says engagement with the HSE has proved challenging.

The dispute was referred to the Workplace Relations Commission and a meeting was scheduled for next week, but it’s understood HSE management has cancelled it.

That means that once the final two residents leave tomorrow, the staff who have cared for them are facing an uncertain future.