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Hats off to those fighting the cause to keep St Brigid’s open

Published 8 months ago 24th September 2021 by Jamie O’Flaherty

Despite the fact that the ‘Save St Brigid’s Action Group have had very little in the way of encouragement to continue with their campaign to keep the facility open they handed a petition containing over 10,000 signatures into the Dáil on Wednesday calling for St Brigid’s District Hospital to be returned to its former use.

“According to the Group, the Minister made no bones about it when they met her briefly from a distance on Wednesday.

“The plan is to close around 300 beds in communities across the country served by district hospitals and other facilities. According to Martin Browne TD, who met the campigners from Carrick on Wednesday, “this will send a shiver up the spines of many communities who have watched as the wonderful services provided at St Brigid’s were stripped away from Carrick-on-Suir and from the families across the region who relied upon it and had developed a personal bond with it.”

It’s hard to argue with Deputy Browne who described it as a “slash and burn policy” stating that it is already being witnessed in Roscrea with long-stay beds being centralised to Nenagh, while it is also apparent in other counties, such as Cork, where his SF colleague Pat Buckley is fighting against the proposed closure of Owenacurra Mental Health Centre.

This is why it is so important to continue to resist the closure of St Brigid’s, because similar facilities elsewhere in the county could very well be targeted next.

All communities, all organisations and all political representatives must come together and work together to fight this slash and burn policy.

So hats off to the dedicated campaigners who arrived at the Dáil on Wednesday. A busload of committed and dedicated people fighting for the same cause. Lets hope they’re rewarded for their efforts.

Yours
Jamie O’Flaherty

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