A motion calling on the HSE Executive to ask the board of the Irish Wheelchair Association to abandon the proposed closure of the Cuisle holiday centre in Donamon, Roscommon was carried unopposed at yesterday's meeting of the HSE Regional Health Forum in Galway.

However, CEO of the Saolta Hospital Group Tony Canavan said it is not within the remit of the HSE to instruct the Irish Wheelchair Association regarding its plans for the respite centre.

The motion was put forward by Roscommon Independent Councillor Tony Ward who said the decision to close the Cuisle centre is unbelievable, given that it was a vital service for people with disabilities who travelled from all over the country for a holiday.

The Cuisle centre is set to close this week with the loss of 48 jobs.

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