he anger continues to grow over the decision to cut catering services at St Mary’s Drumcar.
The Parents and Friends of St Mary’s Drumcar held a special meeting at the Fairways Hotel on Friday last to discuss the crisis.
There was huge anger at the manner in which people were told about the cuts and the total lack of consultation.
Sinn Fein councillor Pearse McGeough also expressed his anger at the insensitive manner of the announcement.
“There was a lot of anger at the adminstration and how it made the announcement,” Cllr McGeough said.
Senator Mary Moran, Labour Party spokesperson on Education, Disability and Mental Health in the Seanad met with the Director of Services at St Mary’s Drumcar after last week’s announcement which stated that from 12 August St Mary’s will no longer provide meals for people attending the day services on the campus or in any of their outreach centres.
“I was contacted by very concerned parents and family members,” Senator Moran said, “who had just received a letter from Drumcar that morning notifying them of the closure of the catering facilities at St Mary’s, the day that the day services broke for the summer holidays.
“Some parents were also very annoyed that they had not been consulted prior to the decision and that they were only informed when it was a done deal.
“I understand that the staff canteen will also close.
“The closure will mean that meals will now only be provided for those in residential care, while those in the many day services and outreach centres will have to now bring a packed lunch and have their main meal at home.
“This is a huge blow to the many service users who avail of meals in Drumcar.
“I am disappointed that St John of Gods has decided to close such a valuable facility within their service.”
St Mary’s has had cuts of over E7 million in its HSE funding over the past few years.