Questions raised as Clifden public nursing home set to cost five times more than private facility

The estimated cost per bed is €883,500 compared to €162,000 for new private nursing homes in a rural area

Minister Mary Butler has earmarked funding of €35.4 million for the Clifden nursing home

The government is facing questions about why a new public nursing home will cost five times more than a similarly-sized private nursing home.

Mary Butler, the Minister of State for Older People, announced earlier this month that funding of €35.34 million had been approved for a new 40-bed community nursing home in Clifden in Galway.

It will replace existing facilities for long-stay patients in Clifden district hospital after a 2020 HIQA inspection criticised the “outdated ...