Over 3000 people turned up in Roscrea on Saturday last to protest against the closure of a quarter of the beds available from the Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Home in Roscrea.
The campaigners want a restoration of a full service to the Dean Maxwell in addition to guarantees that planned future developments at the Unit go ahead. The campaign will continue with the announcement that a Public Meeting will take place on Thursday 22nd March at 8p.m. in the Damer Court Hotel, Roscrea at which local elected representatives will be asked to publicly commit to the Dean Maxwell Unit and take each step of the journey with the people of Roscrea.
Thousands of people filled the streets of Roscrea on Saturday morning last for a public rally in support of the retention of services at the
Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit
The organisers of the Dean Maxwell Public Rally were delighted by the tremendous show of support on Saturday morning. Huge crowds gathered outside the Credit Union on Main Street for the march which commenced at 11am.Because of the fact that the Rally was organised by the local support committee as an opportunity for local people to show their backing for the fight to prevent the closure of the beds in the Dean Maxwell , it was decided not to invite Public Representatives onto the podium to address the crowds. However, Minister of State Alan Kelly, Noel Coonan TD and Michael Lowry TD were all in attendance and took part in the march, as did Mayor of North Tipperary, Cllr. Micheal Lowry and several local Councillors. Support was also shown by the presence of Mr. Sean Fogarty, Chairman of the Thurles Hospital Action Group, which is also fighting to have beds restored at that vital North Tipperary facility.
Lisa Moylan, Maureen Riordan & Ciara Whelan show their support for the Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit at a public rally on the streets of Roscrea on Saturday morning last.
Showing their support for the Dean Maxwell at the public rally on Saturday last in Roscrea were
Jimmy Gleeson, Sally Bergin, Courtney Conroy, Ellen Kirwan, Fiona Rigney, Grainne Rigney and Theresa Pyne.
Speaking at the Rally, John Lupton, PRO of the local support committee, said that the huge turnout symbolised a statement of commitment. Today we take the first step he said, and we must not sleep until we have taken the last step of the journey. John Lupton said that everyone must commit themselves to fight this mortal blow to the Dean Maxwell Unit and must also commit to continue to fight it. We must continue to march, continue to assemble, continue to speak out for, if we do not, the bureaucrats will bring the Dean Maxwell Home and its services to an end, will diminish our elderly and then, when we ourselves are vulnerable and elderly, there will be no one to speak out.
Pictured are members of the organising committee for the public rally against the closure of vital services at the Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit, Roscrea.
Back Row L/R:
Seamus Mullaney, Fr Michael Harding (Chairman), Adrian Hewson, John Guifloyle, John Brophy and John Lupton.
Front Row L/R:
Teresa Fitzpatrick (Secretary), Anne Keevey, Jenny Moloughney, Mary Arrigan and Gerry Fitzgerald.
Donnie Maher, Paddy Scully and Jimmy Carroll participated in the public rally in Roscrea to support the retention of vital services at the
Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit
Marcus Wilson from Templemore spoke on behalf of the residents at the Dean Maxwell Unit saying that he had a very simple message from them, Leave us our home, don't evict us. He emphasised that the Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit is not an institution, but a home to the people who live there and that they had come from their own homes to this home.
Jenny Moloughney spoke on behalf of the Day Care and Respite patients, quoting her grandmother, Kathleen Moloughney and the Late Tom Dwyer, saying that a town can be judged by the level of care if gives to its elderly and, if this is so, Roscrea will be well judged
Jo Jo Cunningham a public activist in the fight against the closure of vital services at the Dean Maxwell, Roscrea, is pictured here with her niece Ciara on the morning of the public rally.
Elyse and Declan Hearns pictured showing their support for the “Dean Maxwell” at the public rally which took place on Saturday morning last.
Adrian Hewson spoke on behalf of all who have received Palliative Care at the Laurels Hospice Unit at the Dean Maxwell, saying that Roscrea is founded on the ideals of welcome and care and that this is symbolised by the Dean Maxwell.
Residents of the Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit, Roscrea, pictured with the staff of the nursing unit ahead of the public rally in support of the retention of services and the development of the Dean Maxwell, on Saturday morning last in Roscrea.
The protest concluded when the campaigners were thanked by the Chairman of the local support committee, Fr. Michael Harding and encouraged to attend the public meeting on Thursday the 22nd of March.