Protest at clo­sure of Women’s Cen­tre

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLEHER

The cam­paign group fight­ing to Save Tralee Women’s Re­source Cen­tre (TWRC) are hop­ing to meet with the HSE in a bid to take over the run­ning of the cen­tre.

Lo­cal TD’s are back­ing the cam­paign and it is hoped that they will be able to or­gan­ise a meet­ing the HSE as soon pos­si­ble. They have also called on lo­cal TD’s to try and en­sure that the cen­tre re­mains open un­til a so­lu­tion is found.

The cen­tre is due to close To­day (Thurs­day De­cem­ber 6).

On Satur­day up to 100 peo­ple took to the streets of Tralee to protest against the planned clo­sure of the cen­tre.

The group marched from Aras an Phobail,where the cen­tre is lo­cated, to the town square. The cam­paign group, Save Our Women’s Re­source Cen­tre (SOWRC) set up to save the cen­tre have also col­lected 2,000 sig­na­ture.

“The protest on Satur­day was amaz­ing and a num­ber of TD’s have also now got­ten in­volved in our cam­paign,” said spokesper­son, Shahi­dah Jan­jua.

She said they are con­fi­dent that rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the cam­paign group can run the cen­tre and an in­terim board is in place to do so.

“We have the skills among us to do so. The fund­ing is there so there is no rea­son why we can’ t con­tinue to run it,” she added.

TWRC said have stated that they de­cided to close be­cause the cen­tre is no longer rev­e­lant and is now com­pete­ing with other ser­vices. Gover­nance com­plex­i­c­i­ties were also cited for it’s clo­sure.

Pho­tos by Dom­nick Walsh

Clare O’Ma­hony and Ca­tríona Locke get the mes­sage across at the protest in Tralee over the loom­ing clo­sure of the Women’s Re­source Cen­tre.

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