Mayo Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin has welcomed funding of €207,558 to the Fr Patrick Peyton Memorial Company Ltd in Attymass to construct an extension to the existing centre to accommodate a non-medical residential unit.
Mulherin said this week: "The unit will comprise seven en suite bedrooms, assisted toilet and shower facilities, sluice area, kitchenette, dayroom, as well as staff and reception areas. The facility is intended to accommodate a need within the community for respite care, typically people leaving hospital who ideally would receive care in a not-for-profit facility.
"The care provided will consist of FETAC non-medically trained staff participating on Rural Social Schemes. Funding for the project is being provided under the Basic Services for the Economy and Rural Population measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.”
She continued: “Such facilities which address the need for community-based respite care are an invaluable resource in rural communities and greatly enhance the quality of life of the people of Attymass. The Fr Patrick Peyton Memorial Centre plays such a vital role in providing caring, spiritual, and recreational services to the community, and the announcement by Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government that he has sanctioned to Mayo North East Leader Partnership to approve funding for the project is great news for Attymass.”