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A new deadline has been set for the closure of the Cluain Fhionnain centre in Killarney.

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July next year is now proposed, however the HSE has already missed four previous deadlines.

HIQA published a highly critical report of the residential centre for people with physical and mental disabilities in Kerry.

In an unannounced inspection of Cluain Fhionnáin centre in Killarney, which houses 21 residents, HIQA found that of the eight classifications of care given, the centre was majorly non-compliant in six and only compliant in one.

In response Gabrielle O’Keeffe, HSE Head of Social Care, for Cork and Kerry said that since the HIQA inspection, several actions have been taken and a number of the key issues identified have been addressed:

Ms O’Keefe said in relation to the closure of the centre that the process is long and expensive and moving clients requires a lot of planning.

She added that the new proposed deadline will be July 2017 but that it is somewhat contingent on funding being available.

Meanwhile SIPTU representative Donie Doody, who represents the staff of Cluain Fhionnain said they are incredibly frustrated at the lack of funding and poor management by the HSE.

Mr Doody said that the report highlights the dysfunctionality of the HSE.

In addition, he said that they would be considering strike action because of the situation at the centre: