News that the Cleary Centre for adults with intellectual disabilities is set to move to new premises has been warmly welcomed.
Mary Gorman, chair of the Parents and Friends Association, the voluntary group which funded the purchase of the current centre over 20 years ago, says everyone “is delighted”.
“We're thrilled,” she added, “ that the centre will be moving into our new temporary home on June 27, and all the service users will be kept together.”
The current centre was deemed no longer fit for purpose some time ago and plans were mooted to send service users to a number of centres across south Donegal.
A widespread campaign against this proposal ensued, and the centre is now re-locating for the short to medium term to a refurbished section of the Victor Building, next to the Craft Village, Donegal Town.
Sinn Féin Councillor Noel Jordan also greeted the news this week. “This is a fantastic result for the Parents and Friends’ group and all those who campaigned for this move to take place,” he said.
“ I want to take this opportunity to wish them and the staff every success in their new surroundings.”
Cllr Jordan said he will again call on Donegal County Council to improve the footpath leading to the new facility.