OVER 40 supporters of residents in Island View Hostel in Cahersiveen made the journey to Tralee on Friday to picket HSE offices at Rathass over plans to close the popular facility.
The move follows a similar protest held outside Cahersiveen Community Hospital two weeks previously.
Local campaigners say they are increasingly frustrated at the lack of information provided by the HSE over what will happen to residents once the facility finally closes. They are concerned that the closure is being carried out in consultation with "vulnerable families".
Following Friday's protest co-organiser Christy O'Connell said the message is loud and clear.
"We are very concerned about what is happening to Island View and we feel that there is no proper plan in place at a local level.
"We have been told by representatives that they believe the HSE doesn't have a specific plan - outside of the national policy document 'Vision for Change' - and we are hopeful of a meeting with the HSE to clarify the situation," Mr O'Connell stated.
"It's very much a waiting game at the moment," he added.
The HSE, meanwhile, has stated that it is following through on a significant shift in emphasis from a largely institutional centred service to a community based one.
"A process of re-accommodation of the residents of Island View is underway at present to facilitate their transfer to alternative accommodation best suited to their needs," a HSE spokesperson stated.
"There has been an ongoing consultation with the residents and families, staff and the wider supporting network of services over the past period of time," the spokesperson added.