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Borrisoleigh’s Welfare Officer To Be Reinstated

Borrisoleigh‘s Community Welfare Officer (CWO) will be reinstated from Templemore to Borrisoleigh in the very near future and suitable accommodation is now being finalised for this move.
North Tipperary Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan has constantly questioned Health Minister Mary Harney on this issue ever since the Borrisoleigh CWO was removed from the area in 2008, when the HSE deemed the accommodation unsatisfactory from a health and safety prospective.  No other HSE premises was available at the time and almost 170 people from Borrisoleigh then signed a petition calling for the officer to be immediatly reinstated.

Fine Gael’s Deputy Agriculture Spokesperson Coonan confirmed this statement this morning stating:
For the last two years I have been calling on the Health Minister to address this issue as a matter of priority. The moving of the CWO to Templemore was a regrettable inconvenience for people who could not drive or who relied on a public transport service to Borrisoleigh, latter which is non-existent. I’m disappointed that the Government discommoded so many people for so long in Borrisoleigh and I will continue to lobby the Minister until this issue is fully resolved. Unfortunately the HSE, in response to my parliamentary question, failed to outline a definite date for the return of the officer, who currently offers a clinic twice weekly and whose service is invaluable in these financially strained times.”

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