Deputy Mattie McGrath has said he is stunned at the latest act of “complete disregard” shown toward elderly voters by the Department of Local Government and the Environment in the recent referenda.
Deputy McGrath was speaking after seriously ill and elderly residents at the Saint Patrick’s Hospital nursing home complex in Cashel have had their ability to vote in their nursing home withdrawn without any prior notification: “This is an act of thoughtlessness by those who have seen fit in their wisdom to withdraw a voting facility that has been the long established practice at the hospital.
“Usually these elderly and sick residents were able to avoid the very burdensome and in some cases impossible task of travelling to the nearest voting booth in the Saint John the Baptist National School in Cashel due to the impact and difficulty this would cause them.
This year however the residents only found out when they received their voting cards that that would no longer be the case. Even the hospital management was not given any notice of the change and this has caused deep upset among the residents all of whom value and cherish the opportunity to vote.” The decision to withdraw the facility within the hospital is seen by many observers as increasingly indicative of the centralising nature of Government, added Deputy McGrath.