DEPARTMENT CALLED ON TO RETAIN COMMUNITY WELFARE SERVICE IN LISMORE

Issued : Tuesday 1 July, 2014

DEPARTMENT CALLED ON TO RETAIN COMMUNITY WELFARE SERVICE IN LISMORE


The Department of Social Protection has been called on to retain provision of a two day clinic by the Community Welfare Service in Lismore due to a lack of public transport.

Local Labour Councillor John Pratt is lobbying to have the service retained amid plans to cut the Lismore based service back from two days to one.

“It is vital that we continue to retain a two day clinic with the Community Welfare Officer in Lismore particularly in light of the recent closure of the Cappoquin and Tallow service. We are talking about a large population between these three towns. This will be a huge blow to the people who need to access the assistance of the Community Welfare Officer as there are no public transport links to Dungarvan. It just doesn’t make sense,” said Cllr Pratt.

I have been in contact with Deputy Ciara Conway on the importance of retaining the service as it currently stands.

“We need to look at the kind of message we are sending to rural Ireland. This decision just doesn’t make for joined up thinking when you don’t have a public transport service that will allow people easy access to clinics elsewhere – primarily Dungarvan. It is our most vulnerable members of society will be hit by this decision while it will also result in a further erosion of services in the rural community. I am liaising with Deputy Conway on this issue who has written to the Department seeking the retention of the service," added the Labour Councillor.

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Mayor John Pratt


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