HSE accused of ‘running down the clock’ on closure of Cork mental health centre

Public Accounts Committee has been asked to investigate issues relating to the planned closure of the Owenacurra facility in east Cork

Liam Quaide, the Green Party councillor (right) attending a protest against the closure of the Owenacurra centre in October 2021.

The HSE has been accused of withholding information relating to the controversial closure of a Cork mental health centre, in a dispute that has now been referred to the Dáil’s spending watchdog.

The Owenacurra facility, located in Midleton, Co Cork, has been slated for closure because the HSE has decided it is no longer fit for purpose.

But the decision is the subject of growing political scrutiny after families of residents at the centre criticised ...