« BackFamilies of St Mary of the Angels’ residents vow to chain themselves to Leinster House

St Mary of the Angels The relative of a late resident of St Mary of the Angels, Beaufort has described her upset that her sister was placed on a housing list in July 2014 without her knowledge.

Frances O’Connor, who lives in Camp, says she has got confirmation from Kerry County Council’s Housing Department that her sister Breda’s name is still on this list despite the fact she passed away last April.

Frances says none of her family were consulted about Breda being added to this list by St John of God:


Last night, a public meeting was held by the families of residents of St Mary of the Angels in Killorglin CYMS who are concerned about the policy of decongregation or moving residents into the community.

Some speakers said they were prepared to walk to Dail Eireann and chain themselves to the railings, if necessary, to protect the future of the facility.

St John of God and Minister with Special Responsibility for People with Disabilities Finian McGrath have given a commitment that no changes would take place without consulting the 77 residents and their families.

However, Jack Fitzpatrick, whose son Bernard is a resident of St Mary’s, doesn’t accept what the Minister said:


Meanwhile, an email from Kerry County Council management sent councillors and seen by Radio Kerry News, confirms that St John of God submitted two proposals to them under the Government’s Capital Assistance Scheme last July.

These are for construction projects for the purpose of decongregation of St Mary of the Angels, Beaufort.

These are currently being considered and no approval has issued to date.