Financial problems and possible closure of St. Aidan’s Services in Gorey was brought to the floor of Dail Éireann when the matter was raised by Enniscorthy-based Fianna Fail T.D. James Browne.
However,there was a disappointing outcome when the Minister appeared to have no knowlege of the situation in Gorey, and it could be argued, very little interest in the matter.
As reported here on Wexford Today.com on October 31st, there is a major crisis because the HSE has failed to honour a commitment that has left the popular Gorey-based community service out of pocket to the tune of €428,635.83.
Deputy Browne outlined that St Aidan’s Services was established in 1968 and “is now facing imment closure because of a shortage of funding coming from the HSE that was promised.”
Deputy Browne called for the financial situation at St Aidan’s to be address as a matter of urgency.
Catherine Byrne, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Health Promotion and National Drugs Policy, replied that she didn’t know why the staff hadn’t been paid and she could not answer Deputy Browne’s question.
She promised to bring the relevant concerns to the Minister.
“I have had service users and their families in tears as they realise that the situation is serious and if the financial crisis is not urgently resolved by the HSE, it will result in services being closed,” Maura Kelly. CEO, St. Aidan’s Services, told WexfordToday.com, recently.
St. Aidan’s provides day, residential, respite, pre-school, elderly services and training services to over 250 individuals based at Millands, Gorey, with an outreach at Camolin.
Meals-on-Wheels are also provided to the local community four days a week and 130 staff are employed throughout the services.
St. Aidan’s has always commanded the respect and admiration of the general public and has never been left wanting when groups and organisations are in a charitable mood, and St. Aidan’s have always been grateful and appreciative in applying the proceeds to services that benefit the community.
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