Following the Donegal Democrat’s revelations this morning that a Belleek nursing home will close by the end of the month, reaction to the closure has been swift.
SDLP Erne North Councillor John Coyle has said that news of the closure of Shannagh nursing home will be devastating to residents, their families and the wider community in Belleek.
Cllr Coyle said: “This is devastating news for the entire Belleek community. Shannagh nursing home has provided first class care for all its residents for many years and will be sorely missed by those living there, their families and the community.
“A few weeks ago I attended a public meeting aimed at addressing these issues but it now seems that falling numbers at the home have made it unsustainable. This means that occupants will have to urgently find alternative accommodation and the local community will lose 40 jobs.
“Given the unique location of Belleek so close to the neighbouring counties in the south, I have written to the Taoiseach urging a policy change to allow elderly people in Leitrim and Donegal to avail of care services in the north like Shannagh.
“I will also be contacting health Minister Edwin Poots about this. It’s now clear for everyone to see that the Transforming You Care agenda is making it difficult for homes like Shannagh to survive.
“It’s imperative that we see immediate action to ensure the residents are rehomed to avoid unnecessary stress.”