Cuisle Centre

  • The decision by the Irish Wheelchair Association to close the Cuisle Centre in Donamon, county Roscommon by the end of this month, has come as a shock to the area, according to local councillor Liam Callaghan.

    The Fine Gael councillor is now calling on the Association to re-think and reverse its decision to close the facility that serves as a respite centre for wheelchair users.The facility employs over 40 people and they were notified on Friday last of the imminent closure of the facility.

    Cllr Callaghan says rather than close the facility every effort should be made to develop and expand it.

    Speaking to Midwest Radio’s John Morley,  Cllr Callaghan says there is widespread support from the local community to preserve the facility.

  • The Cuisle Holiday Centre in Donamon could be reopened under a new local organisation.

    The Cuisle Alliance, originally initiated by Deputy Denis Naughten along with a number of other public representatives and community volunteers, has decided to formally apply to the World Missionaries to have an interim 12-month lease for the Cuisle Complex.

    If the initial lease is successful, a 25-year lease would then be sought.

    The Alliance will also seek long-term funding to ensure the future of the centre.

    Deputy Naughten a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to put a new model in place that would continue to provide the respite that was available to Cuisle.

  • There are hopes a Roscommon respite centre for people with disabilities may not close permanently.

    The Irish Wheelchair Association shut the Cuisle centre yesterday, with the loss of up to 48 jobs.

    However, local TDs are involved in talks with a state agency, which may provide funding to reopen it under a new provider.

    Local Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy says there's a good chance the negotiations will succeed.

  • A motion calling on the HSE Executive to ask the board of the Irish Wheelchair Association to abandon the proposed closure of the Cuisle holiday centre in Donamon, Roscommon was carried unopposed at yesterday's meeting of the HSE Regional Health Forum in Galway.

    However, CEO of the Saolta Hospital Group Tony Canavan said it is not within the remit of the HSE to instruct the Irish Wheelchair Association regarding its plans for the respite centre.

    The motion was put forward by Roscommon Independent Councillor Tony Ward who said the decision to close the Cuisle centre is unbelievable, given that it was a vital service for people with disabilities who travelled from all over the country for a holiday.

    The Cuisle centre is set to close this week with the loss of 48 jobs.

  • Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy’s Oireachtas meeting into the Cuisle Centre reveals Government shock over the facilities closure by the Irish Wheelchair Association.

    Minister Finian McGrath revealed at a special meeting of the Oireachtas this afternoon that the Irish Wheelchair Association received almost €40 million in funding nationally from his Department in 2019.

    Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy believes the funding the Irish Wheelchair Association received in 2019 combined with their own fundraising efforts should have been adequate to carry out the upgrading and repair works of the Cuisle Centre, estimated at €1.2m.

    Deputy Murphy said that 48 jobs were at stake and he called on the IWA to meet with elected representatives and Oireachtas members to prevent the closure of the Donamon centre.

    The Roscommon Galway TD organised the meeting in Leinster House today, with the Minister of State for Disability Issues and with his fellow Oireachtas members in relation to the proposed closure of the Cuisle respite centre in Roscommon.

  • The Oireachtas Health Committee is calling on the Irish Wheelchair Association to defer the planned closure of the Cuisle respite centre in Co Roscommon until the new year.

    The Cuisla facility in Donamon is set to close its doors this week with the loss of 48 jobs - the charity says the cost of renovations is more than it can afford.

    Over a thousand people attended a rally in Roscommon town over the weekend, calling for the decision to be reversed.

    Chairman of the Oireactas health committee, Dr Michael Harty, says deferring the closure for three months would allow time for other funding to be found:

  • A public rally in Roscommon town today, will call for the closure of a wheelchair accessible holiday centre to be reversed.

    The #SaveCuisle Support Group has organised the demonstration over plans to shut Cuisle Donamon next Friday.

    It'll also lead to the loss of 48 jobs at the centre, which is run by the Irish Wheelchair Association.

    The march will begin at the new Civic Headquarters of Roscommon County Council at 1pm and proceed to the town square for a public rally at 1.30pm.

  • A major public rally to try and save the Cuisle Holiday Centre in Donamon will take place in Roscommon Town this Saturday.

    The Save Cuisle Support Group has organised a march from the new Roscommon County Council Civic Headquarters at 1pm on Saturday, proceeding to the town square for a public rally.

    The Irish Wheelchair Association is planning to close the Cuisle centre in Donamon at the end of this month - with the loss of over 40 jobs.

    For over two decades, Cuisle has been a holidays and respite centre for people with physical disabilities and their families, while the facility also hosts parties and private functions.

    The Save Cuisle Support Group is calling on the IWA to postpone closing the centre, and explore alternative solutions to keep the holiday resort open.

  • A Roscommon TD says he's not too hopeful for the future of the Cuisle Centre in Donamon, after raising the issue on two occasions yesterday with the Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath.

    Minister McGrath met yesterday afternoon with Oireachtas members from Roscommon to discuss the decision by the Irish Wheelchair Association to close the Cuisle holiday respite centre at the end of this month - with the loss of over 40 jobs.

    Local TDs had asked that the Minister recommend that the Irish Wheelchair Association would reverse the decision, or at least suspend the closure of the centre for a year to allow staff seek other employment.

    Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy said the Minister appeared to be shocked and concerned at the issues raised, but when he spoke on the matter in the Dáil last night, Minister McGrath appeared to offer little hope for the future of the Cuisle centre.....

  • SIPTU representatives will meet this afternoon with the Irish Wheelchair Association to seek details reasons for the proposed closure of the Cuisle accessible holiday resort in Dunamon.

    The IWA announced to staff at the Co Roscommon facility last Friday that it will close at the end of this month, with the loss of over 40 jobs.

    The Cuisle centre has been in operation for over 20 years, providing respite holidays for people with physical disabilities.

    SIPTU Sector Organiser Eddie Mullins says that, at today's meeting, they will seek detailed reasons for the closure and will be calling for the decision to be reversed.

  • A respite centre for people with disabilities will close today, with the loss of 48 jobs.

    The Irish Wheelchair Association is shutting the Cuisle centre in Donamon, Co Roscommon because of funding issues.

    More than 1,500 people protested against the plans last weekend, but the IWA confirms it will close today.

  • The Irish Wheelchair Association would 'fail' people with disabilities if it closed a centre in Roscommon, according to Sinn Féin.

    The organisation intends shutting the Cuisle Holiday Centre at Donamon on November 29th, with the loss of 48 jobs.

    The IWA will appear before the Oireachtas health committee today, and a protest is taking place in Roscommon town on Saturday.

    Sinn Féin's health spokesperson, Louise O'Reilly, says the closure must be reversed.