Senator Maura Hopkins

  • The National Ambulance Service will operate from the Loughglynn Ambulance Base from today.

    Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins says the HSE has confirmed that the ambulance service will be operating an additional emergency ambulance in Loughglynn five days per week and two nights per week.

    This service will see crews operating and reporting from the base in Loughglynn, with additional support provided from Roscommon.

    However, there is no clarity yet as to which days the base will operating on or how many staff will be there.

    Senator Hopkins says these are some of the questions she will be putting to Martin Dunne, Director of the National Ambulance Service, when she meets him on Tuesday August 21st.

  • Clinical assessments on the 12 residents of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea were completed in May and were not paused as had been the understanding.

    That’s the update given to Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins by Chief Executive Officer of the HSE Tony Canavan this week.

    Concerns were raised with Senator Hopkins by family advocate Liam Walsh yesterday, that the clinical assessments were continuing, despite the fact that Minister Jim Daly had requested they be paused.

    Mr Canavan told Senator Hopkins that he had replied to Minister Daly’s letter requesting the pause and told him that he was not possible for him to agree to a pause on the assessments of the residents.

    He also said the clinical assessments were in fact completed in May of this year and now an independent review of those assessments is now taking place.

  • A Fine Gael Senator says the investment of 26m euro in the expansion of the Aurivo Dairy Ingredients plant in Ballaghaderreen is very positive news for the town.

    The investment in the Ballaghaderreen plant is part of a wider 5-year Capital Investment Programme.

    These developments will allow Aurivo to increase their milk production by 25% and their dairy ingredients capacity by 50%.

    The planned developments are being supported by Enterprise Ireland.

    Senator Maura Hopkins says the planned expansion is very positive for Ballaghaderreen and the surrounding area. She says Aurivo is already a very important employer in the town and wider region and it now has the potential to create further employment both during the construction phase and once the extended facility is up and running.

  • A Roscommon Senator says she is very frustrated after HSE management failed to attend a meeting between a local delegation and Ministers Harris and Daly over the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

    Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins says she is very frustrated following the events of yesterday evening.

    A local delegation made up of Oireachtas members, family advocates and local councillors were due to meet with Ministers Harris and Daly and Executive Clinical Director for HSE West Amanda Burke and Chief Health Officer Tony Canavan. However Ms Burke and Mr Canavan were not in attendance.

    This was despite a formal request from Senator Hopkins’ office requesting they attend so a clearer picture could be gained about what is happening with the Rosalie Unit.

    It was agreed that the meeting would be reconvened and Senator Hopkins wants a new date confirmed by the end of today.

  • Roscommon Fine Gael senator Maura Hopkins says that St. Joseph’s Mental Health Day Centre in Ballaghaderreen is likely to close next Friday 27th April. 

    She told Midwest News this morning that she  has received no clarification or evidence in relation to replacement services, no practical evidence of how services will be improved locally, and no evidence of how and where staff will be allocated to support people with mental health difficulties in Ballaghaderreen and surrounding areas.

     The Senator spoke with Tony Canavan, Chief Health Officer with the HSE on Friday last about the concerns and will again be speaking with him later today on the matter.

    Tony Canavan has confirmed that the facility is under review but says no decision has been made as yet.

    About 15 people a day attend the service at present in St Joseph's

    Mr Canavan, the Senator says, stated in writing at a meeting held on 28th October 2016 that there would be engagement with public representatives if there were to be any changes to day centres.

    Speaking to Midwest News today she says they have not been officially informed of the proposed closure, but she fears it is imminent.