IWA holds firm on Cuisle decision stating building is ‘not fit for purpose’

The Irish Wheelchair Association has described the Cuisle building as not fit for purpose.

In a statement issued today, it says it is pressing ahead with its decision to not to reopen the holiday centre in Donamon in 2020.


The IWA says that the Cuisle building requires very significant new capital investment in order to undertake major upgrade works and from a value for money perspective, this does not ultimately make sense given the facility is no longer fit for purpose.

The IWA says that at a meeting with Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath this week, it stressed that the clear choice and preference of people with a disability is increasingly more about having access to positive and non-segregated settings.

Responding to concerns over the lack of fully accessible facilities in hotels, the Irish Wheelchair Association says guests will have everything they need including fully accessible en-suite bedrooms, specialised beds, aids and appliances, hoists etc.

It says they will be supported with medication management and clinical tasks through the Irish Wheelchair Association’s skilled personal assistance service 24/7.

The IWA has met with SIPTU which is representing workers – Eddie Mullins told today’s Let’s Talk that there are eight full time or 16 part time opportunities available in the Ballinasloe area for assistants.

Eddie Mullins says also that the terms of redundancy for those facing that option are not generous.