Deputy Michael Lowry has strongly criticised the decision taken by the Labour Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D, to close a further 15 Community Welfare Service Clinics across County Tipperary. Deputy Lowry has today received notification that in addition to the clinics lost in January, 15 further clinics will close whilst 6 more will now have reduced hours of operation.
The Independent T.D. for Tipperary described the move as the further bleeding of resources from rural Ireland.
Deputy Lowry explained;“The following clinics have been listed for closure;
North Tipperary-Ballina, Cloughjordan, Moyne, Portroe, Rearcross and Rathcabbin.
South Tipperary-Cappawhite, Dundrum, Killenaule, Ballysloe, Ballingarry, Clogheen, Ardfinnan, Newcastle and New Inn.”
“Borrisoleigh, Templemore, Nenagh Homeless Unit, Cashel, Fethard, Tipperary Town will all be reduced going forward.
“These clinics will cease operation as of the 23rd of this month and clients will now be expected to travel a considerable distance to avail of an alternative clinic service.”
Deputy Lowry stated;“The loss of these clinic services serve as another blow to rural life and a huge inconvenience to those living in the villages and communities affected. For a long number of years these clinics have provided vital advice and help in the locality and have been of huge convenience to residents or those with limited ability to travel. The Minister is now driving these clinics from rural Ireland and forcing people to travel some distance to avail of the next closest service. This Government is draining the life out of rural Ireland and undermining the very viability of life there.”