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01 Jul 2022

Dealgan House families launch petition for inquiry into Dundalk nursing home deaths

Families seek public inquiry into deaths of 23 people at Dealgan House Nursing Home

Dealgan House families launch petition for inquiry into Dundalk nursing home deaths

Dealgan House families launch petition for inquiry into Dundalk nursing home deaths

An online petition calling on the government to initiate a public inquiry into the deaths of 23 people at Dealgan House Nursing Home in Dundalk has been launched. The petition, which can be signed here, asks for people to support the families’ calls for a public inquiry into the deaths, which happened during the first wave of Covid 19 in April and May 2020.

In a statement on the Uplift website, the families said: “During the first Covid 19 outbreak in 2020, 23 residents in Dealgan House Nursing Home died tragically and under harrowing circumstances as a result of contracting COVID-19.
“This represents one of the highest incidence rates of COVID in nursing homes in Ireland at that time. The RCSI hospital group took over operational control of Dealgan House during this period.

“Dealgan House is the only nursing home in Ireland where this happened. We have, over the last nearly two years, worked tirelessly as a collective of families to find out the circumstances surrounding the deaths of our loved ones.
“Our objective is to ensure safeguards, regulations and other measures are put in place to prevent the devastating events that unfolded in Dealgan House taking place again.

“We met with Minister Stephen Donnelly on 28th October 2020 and we put our questions to him and highlighted the importance of such an inquiry. We asked Minister Donnelly when he would respond to our call for a public inquiry into the deaths at Dealgan House.
“He said his response would be issued 'in weeks, not months.' Over one year later we have had no reply and no substantive reply to continued emails to the minister's office.

“We have myriad of outstanding queries and concerns that Dealgan House management and government officials have yet to clarify and respond to.
“For all of those who care about the safeguarding of the most vulnerable members of our society can we ask you to sign our petition asking for Minister Donnelly to set up an independent public inquiry into the deaths at Dealgan House.

“We need a mechanism where people are compelled to tell the truth about what occurred, to clarify inconsistencies and to provide learnings for the State in relation to how we care for older people in residential settings."

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