Why are our most Vulnerable people left to Die? FG lost the Election (3 members of the Cabinet have not been re-elected). Murphy is a Clown with a Tory Accent, his legacy is deplorable and can be summed up Deaths, Hunger, and Homelessness. Now we have this Dark Pandemic (COVID-19) and PR Stunts like below. FF stand up to Martin, who is still on his knees to Varadkar. Now sadly we need to bow our heads in shame at the Emerging Scandal in our Nursing Homes.

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‘Stringent rationing of PPE led to infections’ – St Mary’s whistleblower

St. Mary's Hospital, Phoenix Park. Photo: Colin                   Keegan, Collins Dublin

St. Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

A whistleblower in a HSE nursing home where 24 patients have died from Covid-19 has alleged strong enough efforts were not made to prevent fatalities.

The staff member, who works in St Mary’s nursing home in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, has claimed concerns about the welfare of residents were not listened to.

She said she first highlighted concerns with senior management in early March.

Dundalk nursing home confirms deaths of 23 residents

Eoin         Farrelly said he believes the outbreak is under control
Eoin Farrelly said he believes the outbreak is under control
The managing director of Dealgan House Nursing Home in Dundalk, Co Louth has confirmed the deaths of 23 residents at the home since 1 April, many of which he says were Covid-19 related.
In a statement Eoin Farrelly said all of the staff at the home are heartbroken by the deaths of people “whom we got to know and love” over many years.

He said that while not forgetting those who have passed away, the emphasis now is on “extinguishing the outbreak” at the nursing home.

Mr Farrelly said he believes it is under control with no new Covid-19 cases at the home for more than 14 days.

He said there is also a focus on providing “great care to our residents and trying to normalise life for them to the extent the public health measures allow”.

The RCSI Hospitals Group took over the operational management of the nursing home on 20 April after it struggled to contain the outbreak.

Mr Farrelly said the home had received substantial external support to bring the outbreak under control.

He said the assistance was supportive and greatly appreciated and will wind down gradually as staff return to work.

Earlier, in the Dáil, Louth Sinn Féin TD Ruairí Ó Murchú claimed he had information of 26 Covid-19 related deaths at the nursing home.

Deputy Ó Murchú raised the matter with Minister for Health Simon Harris and called for an investigation.

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