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MacBride protesters to bring issue to the next level


SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT  Pictured at the Octagon on Saturday last at the Save Our MacBride Home Services protest were, from left: Senator and general election candidate, Rose Conway Walsh, Cllr Brendan Mulroy; general election candidates Soairse McHugh (Green Party), Paul Lawless (Aontu), Lisa Chambers, TD (Fianna Fáil), Cllr Christy Hyland, Philip Kelly and John Brawn. Seat is JP Campbell, former Fine Gael town councillor.

Anton McNulty

The organisers of the protest against cuts to services at the MacBride Home in Westport will meet in the coming days to form a committee to try to reverse the cuts.
A large crowd attended the protest at the Octagon in Westport on Saturday afternoon which was organised by the ‘Save our MacBride Services’ group. The protest was attended by a number of general election candidates and politicians and spokesperson John Brawn said he was delighted with the support on the day.
“There was a great turnout on the day because there is massive interest in what is happening with the MacBride Home. People are annoyed with the cuts and the lack of communication coming from the HSE on the matter. It is time to move this to the next level.
“People are afraid that the home will be closed after the election like what happened with Roscommon General Hospital. They said before the election there wouldn’t close it [A&E service] but they did after the election was over. It is a big worry in Westport that there is an intention to close the MacBride Home after the election,” he said.
Mr Brawn said people are annoyed at the lack of communication from the HSE not just to queries from the general publicm but also to local representatives. He described the communication they do get as ‘sterile’.
The group plan to form a committee to fight cuts to the nursing unit and Mr Brawn called on people to get involved.
“Anyone who wants to come on board is invited to do so to ensure we stop these cuts before it is too late. People are upset with what is going on and it is important we try to stop this,” he said before adding that they were looking for Irish speakers who would be able to communicate with TG4 and RnaG.