Last rites for Portiuncula funeral home

Portiuncula Mortuary Chapel.

LOCAL public representatives have expressed ‘extreme disappointment’ at a HSE decision to close the funeral removal and embalming service from Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

The Saolta Hospital University Hospital Health Care Group confirmed last week that following a refurbishment programme at the Portiuncula Mortuary, the removal and embalming services would not be recommencing.

Funeral removals and embalming will ‘cease’ at the hospital mortuary as and from Monday, October 16 next, and according to Saolta management, ‘will not recommence’ following the completion of the refurbishment.

According to Saolta – the HSE management wing in charge of seven hospitals across the West and North-West –  the refurbishment programme at the mortuary facilities is due to commence shortly.

Saolta say that the refurbishment will include a viewing and reposing area and a clinical pathology area.

But local councillor, Dermot Connolly said that he would be ‘utterly opposed’ to the closing of a facility that had served well a large chunk of East Galway as well as the Midlands and North Tipperary over the years.

See full report in this week’s Connacht Tribune.