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Monaghan woman says it's important to 'keep an eye out' for each other

Jun 23, 2022 14:06 By News Northern Sound
Monaghan woman says it's important to 'keep an eye out' for each other Monaghan woman says it's important to 'keep an eye out' for each other
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Through a community services programme, Fiona is able to employ community support workers for older people, this could be down through either self-refer or a family member or neighbour getting in touch to arrange a family visit free of charge. Fiona says the programme helps link older people to services that are available to them.

"There are subtle things you can do to stay in touch with people."

That's according to Fiona McCaffrey Jones of the Truagh Development Association in Monaghan.

Her comments come in light of the need for neighbourliness and community awareness due to the recent tragedy in County Tipperary.

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The bodies of 81-year-old Nicholas Smith and his 79-year-old wife, Hilary, are believed to have gone undiscovered for more than 18 months at their home in Cloneen.

While the North Monaghan woman says a tragedy of this kind is "not" something she has experienced through her work, she claims it's vitally important for communities to "keep an eye out" for one another.

Speaking to Northern Sound, Fiona says it's "not a good idea" if people don't wish to have dealings with their neighbours, but believes there are "gentle" and "suitable" ways around the issue, in order to let someone know that you are there.

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