The closure of Mount Cara House has been paused until January, it has been announced.
Sinn Féin TD Thomas Gould welcomed the development that the facility on Redemption road, Blackpool would remain in operation until January.
The Sinn Fein TD for Cork North Central, Thomas Gould said: “I wrote to the Board again only yesterday requesting a temporary stay on the closure while myself and the rest of the Save Mount Cara campaign group explore all other options available. I am delighted that the Board has listened to my call and given us this much needed time to prevent the closure of this important facility.”
Mr Gould said that it was “shocking” that the Taoiseach was not stepping in to protect the facility and said this stay gives Micheāl Martin and the Minister for Health a second chance to do so.
“What’s clear today is that the great people of the Northside of Cork won’t be silenced. I was elected on a promise to end the neglect of the Northside and it is because of great community efforts such as the Save Mount Cara campaign that I am proud to represent, and fight for, the people of Cork North Central.
“We will be meeting in the coming days to discuss our next steps. The fight to end this closure is not over yet but we’ve made a positive step in the right direction and I will continue to work with staff, residents, their families and the local community to save Mount Cara.”