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90-year-olds battle to stay in HSE home

THREE elderly nursing home residents who are fighting against the closure of the home have been assured they will not be moved before the matter comes before the courts next month.

Maureen Delaney (89), Bridget O'Neill (92) and Catherine Kelly (93) are seeking an injunction preventing the Health Service Executive from closing down the Abbeyleix Community Nursing Home Unit in Co Laois. They say they are "devastated" by the decision last month to close the unit for financial reasons.

They also claim they have a contract with the HSE which prevents them from being moved without a specific clinical reason and without full consultation with their families and representatives.


They say the HSE has "failed to consider the legitimate expectations of the patients" who wish to remain where they are, and have broken the spirit of the contracts between the parties.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Michael Peart adjourned the case until December on the grounds that the current situation at the unit would remain "unaltered".

Peter Finlay, for the HSE, had asked for an adjournment to allow time for his clients to respond to the residents' claims.

He said the HSE has "absolutely no interest" in moving any of the residents "against their wishes in the immediate future".