Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Health

Disability Support Services

Réada Cronin (Kildare North, Sinn Fein)
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512. To ask the Minister for Health the plans in place to support a community (details supplied) in its work to secure the short-term accommodation of its residents and ensure the earliest possible reopening; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44491/20]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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I thank the deputy for the question.

It is important in the first instance to note that Camphill Communities of Ireland (CCoI) is not closing the Dunshane Camphill Community. CCoI Dunshane accommodates 26 adults with intellectual disabilities in eight residential buildings. Fire safety issues have been identified in one of the houses in the community, and remedial works will be necessary. CCoI have communicated to the HSE and to HIQA their intention to have these works carried out.

CCoI state that the decision is based on careful consideration of internal and external specialist advice, and has been ratified by their board based on the overwhelming requirement to protect the safety and wellbeing of their residents. There are normally 7 residents in the particular setting. CCoI is liaising with the families of the residents and are putting in place plans to provide alternative accommodation for the residents while the works are being carried out. All residents will be accommodated within CCoI services.

The HSE are working with CCoI in this regard. I will therefore ask the HSE to respond to the Deputy on the matter as soon as possible.

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