Meals on Wheels service is back up and running

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Pleased: Cllr Gery Fahy
ELDERLY and vulnerable people in a southside parish have seen their Meals on Wheels service restored.

ELDERLY and vulnerable people in a southside parish have seen their Meals on Wheels service restored.

For the last month, 80 elderly people in the Our Lady Queen of Peace parish, Janesboro, have had to rely on the generosity of other community groups after their own service ceased following a row between local parish priest, the Very Rev Patrick O’Sullivan and those delivering the service.

But the crucial service has been restored to the parish on a temporary basis after the two parties agreed to enter a mediation process.

The Limerick Leader’s correspondent for the parish Clare Dollard confirmed the service had been restored, writing: “It will run five days a week, and the cost is only €3 [a day] for dinner and a dessert.”

Fine Gael’s southside councillor Ger Fahy, who lives in Janesboro, welcomed the news.

“Meals on Wheels is such an important project for our community, so it was unfortunate that it was stopped, and it was very important the agencies involved would meet as quickly as possible to ensure the service would be reinstated,” he said.

Cllr Fahy said the project is “very necessary” for the areas senior citizens, in particular for their health and welfare.

“I was very pleased the agencies have taken the appropriate decisions, and Meals and Wheels is back, because it is very necessary for senior citizens,” he concluded.

The service had ground to a halt with those operating it claiming they had been locked out of offices beside Our Lady Queen of Peace church which house computers needed to order supplies, and operate the service.

In the interim, St Munchin’s Community Centre stepped in to provide Meals on Wheels to the pensioners.

The cost of the service remains at €3 a day, or €15 a week for delivery of a dinner and dessert.

If you are interested in receiving Meals on Wheels, contact Siobhan on 087-1256619, or 061-481490.