The families of elderly nursing home residents in West Dublin are stepping up their campaign to stop them being moved.
The HSE plans to relocate 68 residents for a year from Cherry Orchard Hospital to one in Clondalkin to carry out works.
But families say this is unfair to the residents who are mostly in their 80s and 90s.
The families will meet with the HSE today to put their case forward. They are also meeting with local councillors and plan to hold a demonstration outside Cherry Orchard Hospital.
I was down supporting the family members of patients in Cherry Orchard who are protesting against them being moved to a private nursing home.
They are protesting until 6pm this evening so go support then if you can. pic.twitter.com/OLVTgZ1Nhk
— Cllr Madeleine Johansson (@cllrjohansson) November 10, 2023
Ann Sweeney's 96 year old father John is one of the residents and says moving him would be cruel. She said they picked Cherry Orchard Hospital because there was medical facilities on site.
''Ballyfermot blood is in my Dad's veins. It was a fantastic comfort to say to our Dad that he was moving to full time care but that it was in Ballyfermot.''
She says she is ''devastated'' at the thoughts of him moving for 12 months. She says it's not just about her father but 68 families in total are heartbroken.
She says some of the residents have nobody to advocate for them and she says they weren't consulted about the move.