Babs (86) de­lighted with new rail­ings af­ter six-month wait

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

AN 86-year-old Bal­ly­cul­lane woman who needed rail­ings in­stalled to pre­vent her from fall­ing at her back door has crit­i­cised Wex­ford County Coun­cil for fail­ing to pro­vide them as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

Bar­bara (Babs) Mooney fell one night dur­ing last winter as she tried to go out her back door. For­tu­nately a neigh­bour who heard her dogs bark­ing and saw the lights on came in and got her back on her feet.

Ms Mooney, who runs the Sun­set Ap­peal char­ity which spays and neuters cats and dogs, said it took two years for her to get the rail­ings for her coun­cil house.

‘ The ser­vice was very poor. Hav­ing been ap­proved it took six months to get them.’

Ms Mooney availed of a de­part­ment-funded Dis­abled Per­sons Adap­tion Scheme which pro­vides fund­ing to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to carry out small adap­tion works to a house so that an el­derly or less-abled ten­ant can en­joy a bet­ter qual­ity of life in their home. El­i­gi­ble works in­clude ramps, rail­ings, con­crete paths and in­ter­nal works such as level ac­cess show­ers, etc.

Ms Mooney fur­nished the lo­cal author­ity with letters from her doc­tor out­lin­ing her need for the rail­ings.

‘I can run in and out and chase the dogs with­out break­ing my neck now,’ she said, adding that she has up to 15 an­i­mals with her in her house at any one time.

Bar­bara (Babs) Mooney with her new rails at her home in Bal­ly­cul­lane.

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