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Derry's Nazareth House care home shuts down with the loss of 33 jobs

By David Young

A residential care home in Londonderry run by the Sisters of Nazareth religious order is to close after 120 years, with the loss of 33 jobs.

The 18 residents of the home in Bishop Street will be moved to alternative accommodation before it stops operating in September.

Management said the decision to close was prompted by an independent review of the facility which identified problems such as falling demand for residential care, unsustainable financial performance of the home and a requirement for significant capital investment.

A consultation will be undertaken with staff on the proposed redundancies.

In a statement, the Sisters of Nazareth said the decision to close was "not taken lightly".

"The Sisters of Nazareth have managed the residential care home in Derry for over 120 years and are very saddened at the necessary closure and the subsequent loss of jobs in the locality," said the statement.

"We would like to pay tribute to and thank all the loyal staff for their years of service to the home.

"The home's first priority is the continuing care and well-being of residents currently in their care. The congregation and management will work with residents, staff and the trust in providing the best of care and services while residents await the provision of alternative accommodation.

"The sisters would like to thank the people of Derry, bishops, priests and parishioners of the dioceses and associates of the home for their ongoing support and generosity which have enabled the congregation to serve the residents for over 120 years."

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