The Louth TD said:
“I have visited St. Joseph’s Nursing Home many times. It is a long stay facility which currently provides 20 nursing Home Support Scheme beds.
The staff, residents and families are to be commended for their campaign in recent years to defend St. Joseph’s and to ensure that it receives the necessary funding to keep it up to HIQA standards.
Almost two years ago a refurbishment plan was put in place to bring St. Josephs up to HIQA Environmental Standards by this year.
It was expected that a planning application would be made in the following months with a contractor being appointed before the end of 2014. Actual construction was expected to take between 6 months and a year to complete.
In a Parliamentary Question I submitted to the Minister for Health I asked if St. Joseph’s had received its full €750,000 capital investment funding to meet HIQA standards.
In a HSE response to me last week it was confirmed that the capital funding has been allocated “however the HSE are still waiting the granting of full planning permissions from the Louth County Council.”
I have now written to Louth County Manager Joan Martin asking for the Council’s time frame for dealing with planning matters relating to St. Joseph’s. I am concerned that this process has taken too long and that consequently residents are being forced to remain in conditions that do not meet HIQAs standard.”