Sinn Féin councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú attended the Sruthán House garden party on Saturday. He encouraged service users to engage in the ongoing HSE consultation regarding the future of the service.
Councillor Ó Murchú said;
“The campaign is ongoing to keep Sruthán House respite facility in Dundalk open and available to service users.
“I have been in regular contact with service users since Sinn Féin held a public meeting in July regarding the HSE decision to close the service.
“In late July Gerry Adams TD and I met with CHO8 Disability Manager Jude Ó Neill. We urged him to reconsider the decision to close Sruthán House and to engage with the people using the respite service there.
“Service users have received a letter which states that this consultation will conclude on September 30th.
“At this weekend’s garden party I encouraged the people I met to make their voices heard by contributing to the consultation.
“There was a huge attendance at the garden party by service users, their families and supporters of Sruthán House.
“This further demonstrates the positive impact which Sruthán House and its staff has on people with disabilities. This service must continue.
“At the next meeting of Louth County Council on 16th September I will be tabling a motion calling on the Council to write to the Minister for Health and the HSE on this issue. I hope that all of the councillors in Louth support this motion.”