Press Release

SIPTU request assurances from HSE management on future of Loretto Day Centre

Date Released: 21 July 2017

SIPTU representatives have requested written assurances from the HSE concerning the future of the Loretto Day Centre in Navan, county Meath, following a meeting, today (Friday, 21st July), between management and unions representing workers in the facility.

SIPTU Organiser, John McCamley, said: “Our members welcome a management commitment to maintain a day centre service for the elderly within the Navan area following the closure of the Loretto Day Centre due to fire safety concerns. However, they have also expressed concern regarding the sourcing of a new facility and what will be the interim arrangements for the current staff and clients of the Loretto Day Centre.


 “At today’s meeting, SIPTU representatives raised a number of concerns with HSE management around the lack of communication and information leading up to the closure of the Loretto Day Centre. These concerns are heightened by the fact that management was aware that the facility was failing to adhere to fire regulations for a number of weeks prior to its closure.


 “Our members in HSE Meath Elderly Services have also raised concerns regarding the redeployment of staff from the facility and the transfer of services to other locations due to staffing vacancies.”


 He added: “In light of the concerns expressed by our members, SIPTU representatives have requested a number of written assurances from HSE management in relation to elderly services in the Navan area. In the coming days, SIPTU representatives will be meeting management again in relation to a revised service plan for day services within County Meath.”


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