An emergency meeting of Roscommon county Council took place this morning 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’s decision.

The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon Municipal District, Independent councillor Nigel Dinneen called for today’s emergency session – calling on the HSE to reverse its decision to close the Rosalie Unit as a community psychiatric unit.

He told Midwest News this afternoon that councillors have agreed to write again to Ministers Harris and Daly , asking them to instruct the HSE to reverse the unit’s closure.

 In addition they have written to the Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin calling on him to have the decision reversed or withdraw from the Confidence and Supply Agreement his party has with the government.

It’s expected that a Private Motion debate in the Dail proposed by Fianna Fail’s Eugene Murphy on the Rosalie Unit and its future will take place next week.

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