Kerrane ‘will not rest’ until additional resources provided for Ballaghaderreen 

Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane has once again highlighted the need for additional resources to support the increase in population in Ballaghaderreen following the arrival of 18 families under International Protection last month.

  Speaking ahead following a further meeting with Minister Roderic O’Gorman in Dublin on Wednesday this week, Deputy Kerrane said she didn’t want to see a repeat of 2017 when Ballaghaderreen was promised additional resources following the arrival of Syrian refugees.

  “Back in 2017, Ballaghaderreen was one of few towns which welcomed Syrian refugees. Additional resources were promised to follow, including healthcare and this never happened. This cannot and will not be allowed to happen again,” she said. 

  Last month, the Sinn Féin TD made five requests for additional resources at a meeting with Minister O’Gorman. 

  Among the requests were a healthcare professional as well as a community nurse on site at the Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre in Ballaghaderreen. 

  “I also suggested to the Minister that he engage the HSE to see if they will contract a GP directly, this is a request I had previously made directly to them. This should help to reduce waiting times to see GPs in the town,” Kerrane said. 

  “I want to see additional funding for the Family Resource Centre who are on the front-line in supporting many families in the town and surrounding areas, this funding needs to meet the needs of all families seeking support, not just new families coming into town. 

  “Schools outside the town accommodating new enrollments need to be consulted on additional supports needed and not expected to cater for more children out of existing (limited) resources”.

  Deputy Kerrane has also sought the return of the Community Welfare Officer to the local health centre as well as funding for sports and community groups in the town.  

  “I will not rest until much needed resources are delivered for Ballaghaderreen and delivered urgently. A repeat of 2017 is not an option,” she concluded.