Fianna Fáil’s Health spokesperson Stephen Donnelly has warned the Health Minister not to break the promise he made to help move Bray’s Purple House Cancer Support Centre into a new home.
Deputy Donnelly explained, “Purple House is an incredible facility that supports patients and their families who’re dealing with Cancer. This centre offers hope to people at their most vulnerable and right now Purple House is in dire need of our help.
“What Purple House desperately requires is a new premises to help it grow and continue to provide the life-changing service it offers. Luckily it has already found a great new base that could be used. There’s one catch though – Purple House needs government funding to make that move. And in spite of promises made, Fine Gael seems to be trying to kick the can down the road.
“I’ve been told that the Health Minister has twice met with the Purple House team about their accommodation and both times he swore that he would help them with a new home. Sadly, the HSE wrote to purple House this week to say that it can’t guarantee funding next year.
“Earlier today I asked the Taoiseach on the floor of the Dáil to do everything he can to make the money available for a new home for Purple House. And now I want to call directly on the Health Minister to stay true to his word. I would ask Minister Harris not to backtrack on his promise to help, as he currently appears to be doing.
“Abandoning Purple House is simply not good enough. It’s not good enough for people with Cancer and it’s not good enough for the families and friends of people with Cancer. What I would like to say to every single person in the Bray area is ‘let’s stand up for Purple House’ and let’s not stand down until its future is safe”, concluded Donnelly.