Protest at Cleary Centre Donegal Town taking place today

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The HSE has released a statement on the future of services at the Cleary Centre in Donegal Town ahead of a public protest today.

The protest is being held over uncertainty surrounding the long term future of the HSE managed facility which provides services and training for adults with disabilities.

The HSE says however that the search for alternative accommodation in Donegal Town continues.

Last November, the Parents and Friends' Association of the centre were informed that the building was no longer fit for purpose and alternative accommodation was being sought.

But earlier this week Deputy Pearse Doherty said he feared those plans had changed and that instead the HSE would facilitate those using the services in Donegal Town at other centres.

A protest on the issue is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

The Cleary Centre provides a range of Day Services including Sheltered Occupation Programmes, Day Care & Personal Development programmes.

At present there are 35 people attending the Cleary Centre on a daily basis, coming from Barnesmore to Kinlough, and from Dunkineely to Pettigoe.

The HSE says the Cleary Centre building is no longer fit for purpose and further capital investment is not deemed appropriate by the estates function of the HSE. It is proposed therefore to rent a facility for Disability Day Services in Donegal Town to address current needs.

In a statement the HSE says it us currently reviewing and assessing alternative options in Donegal Town.

It is added that in the event that a suitable building is not available in Donegal Town the HSE will consider other options.