Residents must be retained in Toghermore House – Connaughton

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Deputy Paul Connaughton this week said that the HSE must do everything in its power to retain the 18 residents in the residential centre in Toghermore House, Tuam.

‘Following last week’s meeting with concerned staff and families of residents, which took place in the Corralea Court Hotel, and after attending the vigil held on the Toghermore campus on Saturday evening, I believe that the HSE must do everything in its power to keep the 18 people in the residential centre in Toghermore House.

‘There is no point in the HSE paying lip service to advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities if decisions such as this can be made with no consultation with service users and their families.  These residents need and deserve better when it comes to making decisions that will have a profound effect on their lives.  They deserve the opportunity to live in a setting which is close to their home community, so that they can interact in the community with people they are acquainted with.

‘I have sought an urgent meeting with Minister Kathleen Lynch on this subject.  Valuable community resources such as Toghermore House must not be lost for future generations because of short-sightedness on behalf of the HSE.’