‘Despicable’ decision to close community welfare clinic

Councillors want the Community Welfare Clinic in Ballylinan reopened, with the recent closure labelled as “despicable” by Cllr Aidan Mullins.

Councillors want the Community Welfare Clinic in Ballylinan reopened, with the recent closure labelled as “despicable” by Cllr Aidan Mullins.

“This is a further erosion of services to rural Ireland. Some people who attend are on their knees. It is a despicable decision, detached from reality, they haven’t a clue what people are going through,” he said.

Cllr Padraig Fleming asked for a letter to be sent to the Department of Social Protection, also requesting for the reinstatement of a two day clinic in Graiguecullen, which has been cut to one day a week.

“People are expected to arrange to go to Portlaoise now. The service was excellent, if people had urgent issues they were able to walk in and get help, and get help filling out forms. They say now you can ring up and get a call-out in an emergency, but the cost of that is more than the few hours the clinic was open,” he said.

He was supported by Cllrs Paschal McEvoy, Tom Mulhall and Ben Brennan.

“This is unacceptable. They are in denial, away with the fairies, to do this to people, the vulnerable getting struck again,” said Cllr Brennan.