Athlone Mayor slams decision to close local Red Cross branch

The Mayor of Athlone Municipal District is expressing his deep disappointment with the decision of the Irish Red Cross to close the Athlone Branch.

A statement issued from the Red Cross this morning said it was closing the branch with immediate effect due to the failure of the volunteer members to adhere to the Red Cross operating rules and procedures.

It also says the closure of the branch is a decision taken following an internal investigation with which there was a lack of local cooperation.

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Speaking on Let’s Talk this afternoon, Athlone MD Chairman John Dolan says he feels it’s a heavy handed move taken in response to what he believes are minor issues: