Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed the capital funding allocation of €10.5m for a major upgrade of the facilities at St Vincent’s Care Centre in Athlone.
“This is wonderful news and will allow substantial upgrade works to take place at St Vincent’s in order for it to comply with HIQA standards.
“I know that the care which residents in St Vincent’s receive is second to none as was the case in Loughloe House residents, many of whom moved to St Vincent’s.
“From a personal perspective, I saw the care given to my own grand-aunt who lived in Loughloe House and this significant funding is also testament to the great staff which work at St Vincent’s.
“At the moment, I am working to help someone who needs specialised care and a single room and this funding will help facilitate service-users like this person.
“I am very pleased too that St Joseph’s Care Centre in Longford has been allocated capital funding of €4.07m.
“Today’s funding announcements for Athlone and Longford is part of the most comprehensive programmes of investment in public nursing home facilities in the history of the State.
“I echo the sentiments of Minister Kathleen Lynch, who said that this investment will reassure those living in these homes, their families and communities throughout the country that the future of these public nursing homes has now been secured.”