An emergency meeting of Roscommon county Council is getting underway about now (10am) to discuss what’s termed the “imminent” and “brutal”closure of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

There has been widespread local anger over the confirmation from the HSE, earlier this month, that the Rosalie Unit would cease to function as a community psychiatric unit.

Alternative care arrangements, according to the HSE, are being put in place for each of the present residents of the facility.

Up to 70 protesters gathered at the gates of the Rosalie Unit on Thursday last to condemn the HSE decision.

Councillors are calling on Roscommon County Council to take a stance on the issue.

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