A Co Roscommon TD is calling for a stay of execution for the Cuisle respite centre.
Thousands of people marched through the town in the rain yesterday, calling on the Irish Wheelchair Association to reverse plans to close the centre next Friday, with the loss of 48 jobs.
Fianna Fáil's Eugene Murphy says it was an extraordinary turnout and "truly a tremendous day". He added the Association should listen to the people.
"There was a huge crowd there, there was families there, there was people who use the service there," he said.
"I think it was heartwarming, particularly for the service users, such a show of strength from the community in Co Roscommon in particular and Galway and other parts of the country. Also there was quite a number of political people and other people who came to speak on behalf of the centre."
An unbelievable crowd at the @savecuisle rally in Roscommon. The people have spoken. The decision to close Cuisle must be reversed. pic.twitter.com/EY481pdMge— Claire Kerrane (@ClaireKerrane) November 23, 2019
Massive show of support for @savecuisle campaign today. Loud and clear message sent to the @IrishWheelchair Association, @FinianMcGrathTD and the government that this injustice and disgraceful treatment of some of the most vulnerable members of our society will not be tolerated pic.twitter.com/hXG9X4VHQm— Julie O' Donoghue (@Julie_ODonoghue) November 23, 2019
@SenatorTerry addresses 1,500 crowd at @savecuisle rally in Roscommon town today. Listen up @IrishWheelchair assoc. CEO & IWA Board!@fiannafailparty @irishrurallink @fionnansheahan pic.twitter.com/LaMGFCzdI2— OLeyden (@OrlaLeyden) November 23, 2019
@FinianMcGrathTD but but but everyone wants the hotel option.... well @IrishWheelchair the facts SCREAM that we want to @savecuisle ... #SaveCuisle #ListenToYourMembers #ListenToYourVoters #IntegrateNotSegregate pic.twitter.com/hUoiGE1ueo— Thomas Curran (@ThomasCurran11) November 23, 2019