A mental health facility in Roscommon town, run by the Health Service Executive, has been closed for over seven months – and no reopening date has been confirmed.
Concern has been growing in the county town recently that Cloonbrackna Hostel may be set to close permanently. The HSE’s Vision for Change document recommends the number of hostels in counties Roscommon and Galway be reduced from 58 to nine.
However, the HSE has insisted to the Roscommon People that the medium-support facility, which has a capacity of five beds, is closed for “refurbishment works”, but that the period of closure had been extended due to new problems encountered.
A HSE spokesperson said: “The hostel closed in December 2014 due to necessary refurbishment works. There were two residents in the unit at the time and both have relocated to another similar residence.
“It was anticipated that this would be a short-term, temporary arrangement.
“However, when they commenced the refurbishing of the house, they found a structural crack at the porch entrance and that heightened the repair specification.
“The repair specification is being upgraded with a view to the works being carried out in the very near