29 Nov 2021

Minister for Health ‘futureproofs’ St Joseph’s Care Centre in Longford

Minister for Health ‘futureproofs’ St Joseph’s Care Centre in Longford

Jude O'Neill, Head of Service/Social Care Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation, Health Minister Simon Harris and EmerMcTiernan, Acting Director of Nursing at St Joseph's Care Centre

Health Minister Simon Harris was in Longford on Monday to witness ongoing expansion plans at St Joseph's Care Centre.

Following on from an original announcement made in September 2017 which signalled a multi million euro investment in the Dublin Road facility, the Fine Gael minister took time to get a closer look at how planned refurbishment works are progressing.

It's hoped both the first and second phases of the seven figure investment will be completed by 2021.

Fellow party member and long time health advocate Cllr Peggy Nolan said the minister's visit had gone a long way towards “futureproofing” the facility's long term future.

“This is something I have been fighting for for years,” she said.

“What it also shows is that all the scaremongering and political rubbish that's going on with the National Children's Hospital is not impacting on Longford.”

Cllr Micheal Carrigy said he too was pleased to see Mr Harris in town.

“The minister also met with committee members of Longford Hospice to discuss their plans for this much valued service for the future,” he said.

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