Senator Maura Hopkins last night (Wednesday) expressed her frustration at the absence of HSE management from a scheduled meeting with Minister Jim Daly on the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.
Senator Hopkins had contacted both Minister Daly and Minister Simon Harris and HSE management ahead of the meeting but said that there appeared to be “difficulties in terms of communication”.
“After the public meeting in Hester’s Golden Eagle in Castlerea back in February, it was agreed that I would contact the Ministers and ask that both Minister Jim Daly and Minister Simon Harris, Tony Canavan (HSE Chief Officer) and Amanda Bourke (Executive Clinical Director of HSE West) be at last night’s meeting. Minister Jim Daly did attend the meeting and we once again relayed our concerns (regarding the future of the Rosalie Unit).
“I am very frustrated that we are not getting an update on where things stand at the moment. We clearly need everyone around the table to make informed decisions,” she said.
Liam Walsh, whose mother Breda is a resident in the Rosalie Unit, said the HSE’s absence was “another shameful performance” and showed “massive disrespect” to all those affected by the potential closure of the Rosalie Unit.