A meeting of Roscrea Community Development Council (RCDC) on Thursday, heard that some five groups have been set up to tackle social problems in Roscrea.
The groups encompass youth, business, environement & housing, mental health and liaising with foreign nationals in the town. Chairman John Lupton said the IDA had recently told them in clear terms that it was up to Roscrea people to create industry in the town themselves. Anne Keavey from ‘Age Friendly’ action gave a presentation on Dementia awareness and training while Cathy McLoughlin of the Milford Care Home, Limerick, addressed end-of-life issues.
Mt Carmel Nursing Home in the town centre now has some 29 residents and 35 employees, with possible plans to extend the provision of services “so it’s sustainable into the future.” “That will be their legacy for the future,” said Ms Keavey. Up to 30 positions could be created after Christmas with the provision of more beds. Roscrea could pioneer the idea of an ‘age friendly town.’ Ms McLoughlin said only about a quarter of people get to fulfill their wish of dying at home. She handed out a leaflet called ‘Think Ahead’ which allows people to notify their next of kin regarding care preferences in the event of a medical emergency, serious illness or death. The booklet is available from thinkahead.ie (01 6793188email: Sarah.Murphy@hospice-foundation.ie).
Separately, John McQuaid of the Glen Carrick residents committee said they have concerns about buiding work nearby to accommodate social housing. The Council had purchased ‘waste land’ and one morning recently, the bulldozers arrived to start work without consultation with nearby residents. Concerns in the estate centre on water pressure, utilities, & insufficient provision of lighting and childcare Co. Cllrs were criticised for not attending the meeting.