NK nursing home pleads guilty to 10 counts of breaches of regulations

A nursing home in North Kerry has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of breaches of nursing home regulations. The owners of Dromore Nursing Home, Mary and John Moran pleaded guilty to the offences and were fined a total of 1500 euro at a sitting of Listowel District Court today. Prosecuting Solicitor for the Health Service Executive Southern Area Diarmuid Cunningham said the breaches mainly arose from failure to keep rosters and failure to employ sufficient staff at the nursing home which closed last year.Inspections were carried out at the home by a three person team from the Health Service Executive. Louis McDonagh Solicitor for John and Mary Moran said for the past number of years they found it difficult to run the nursing home and were no longer able to cope. Mr Mcdonagh said they also found it difficult to get the staff they needed. The court heard that the Morans ran the nursing home for 19 years and that they had testimonials from many families regarding the high quality of care provided by them. John and Mary Moran were fined a total of 1500 euro for three of the offences with the remaining seven taken into consideration.