Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Questions (303)

Mary Lou McDonald


303. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Health the future plans of the HSE for a location (details supplied). [48753/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Dublin Simon Community has operated a Residential Recovery Service at Ushers Island since 2003 for people who are homeless.  It is understood that they plan to develop Ushers Island to provide a purpose-built centre incorporating a range of existing and new services.

It is intended that the service provided at the Ushers island facility will re-locate to new premises while it undergoes the necessary reconstruction. My Department understands that the location referred to by the Deputy will continue to be used as residential long term housing for people who are experiencing homelessness. That location will not host any relocated services. Once the development at Ushers Island is completed it is anticipated that the Recovery service will return fully to that location.  

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.