The MooreHaven care centre in Tipperary has apologised to a woman who was locked in a minibus for nearly seven hours.
The woman was left in a traumatised state following the incident on Monday last week (May 27). The young woman was supposed to have been dropped off to the care centre but instead was found in a distressed state nearly seven hours later by the bus driver in the bus yard at Limerick Junction. According to media reports, the HSE has been notified and MooreHaven Manager Derry McMahon has apologised in person to the woman and her family. Changes haves been put in place to ensure there can be no repeat of the incident.
*MooreHaven provides a range of facilities for about 100 service users with intellectual disabilities from around Tipperary and Limerick. These include rehabilitative training, sheltered occupational service, and employment and accommodation services. The centre has recently embarked on a major expansion of its site on O’Brien Street. A new reception building will link into 82 O’Brien Street. The new facilities will provide classrooms, day activation rooms, therapy rooms and a range of ancillary facilities designed to support the needs of over half of the population of people attending MooreHaven. K & J Townmore Construction are due to complete Phase 3 of the MooreHaven re-development early in 2013. The building has been designed to a very high specification with an attractive glass reception area linking the new reception building with the revamped 82, O’Brien Street.