Friday 18 October 2019

Fears over 100 jobs at centre for vulnerable as site to be sold

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Ralph Riegel

Fears are mounting over the future of 100 jobs at a centre for vulnerable women and children.

Staff at the Bessborough complex in Blackrock, Cork, were informed by the religious order that owns the property that the site is to be sold.

The various operators at the site have been notified they now have three months to secure alternative accommodation for service provision before vacant possession of the property is required.

The Order of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary is planning to dispose of the site.

Bessborough was once the site of one of Ireland's most notorious mother and baby homes.

A statement from the order is now awaited on its precise plans. Staff were given the news in a briefing.

Child protection specialist Tara Keogh said no one knew what would happen next.

"We are really angry, very upset and very disappointed because it is a different message to what we have been receiving all along," she said.

Irish Independent

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