Sinn Fein Councillor, Martin Kenny, has expressed his disappointment that the residents of Ashbrook House, residential mental health facility in Mohill have not been rehoused in the county following the closure of the building recently.
“It is unfortunate that patents and staff from Ashbrook House in Mohill, which is closing down, will mainly be moving out of county Leitrim,” he told the Leitrim Observer.
“Ashbrook House was the former workhouse in Mohill and was built in 1840’s, it opened as a 24-hour community staffed residence for people with mental health issues in 1992.
“Indeed many of the patents in Ashbrook became a familiar and integrated part of the local community in Mohill where they enjoyed friendship and a sense of belonging.
“While I totally understand that the HSE have the best care possible for patents at the heart of the decision to shut Ashbrook House, it is regrettable that there is no residential facility in south Leitrim where these patents could move and remain closer to their families and community.
Several HSE inspections have deemed the building unsuitable as a care home, however it is important to point out that the dedication and service provided by staff down the years in Ashbrook has been second to none.
“I would encourage the HSE or whatever new system the Government is putting in place to run the health service, to deliver mental health services as close as possible to community and proceed with the planned movement towards supported living accommodation for people in rehabilitation or in need of medium support,” he said.