ARDEE Town Council have come up with a radical plan for the future of St Joseph’s public nursing home.
In a submission to the Health Service Executive (HSE) the council has submitted a detailed plan for a new health and community centre built round St Joseph’s which would serve the town and the North East region.
The plan would be similar to the retirement village asuggested by the HSE in its report on the nursing home published last year.
It would be a retirement village, with a day care centre, an active retirement centre, a mental health centre for young people, and a shared sports facility near the new Ardee Educate Together school, the site for which has already received planning permission.
Cll Fintan Malone, who helped draw up the plan, said this was a chance to move St Joseph’s forward. He said the hospital had been set up in 1922 and had been the basis for the building of St Brigid’s. That heritage could now be maintained.