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Calls for Health Minister to increase bed capacity for those with dementia

Laois County Council are to call on the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to increase bed capacity for those suffering with dementia.

Cllr Willie Aird put forward the motion at Monday’s monthly meeting in the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

He said: “There are people in our area who need help with dementia and cannot get it because there are not enough beds.

“At the end of the day, the book stops with the Minister for Health on this.

“In the interest of fair play, I am pleading with him to act now and ensure people with dementia are looked after.

“Years ago, dementia used to be something that only very elderly people suffered with.

“But now, people as young as 50 are being diagnosed with it and they need help.”

Mr Aird received backing from his fellow Councillors for his motion and it was agreed to contact Minister Donnelly.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.