Thanks to Arlene Foster for responding to our plea to help save Clogher care home

A letter from Gerry Cullen:

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 7:28 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 7:32 am
Arlene Foster’s political career might have ended in failure but grace and courtesy always endure, writes Gerry Cullen

They say you know who your friends are when you get into a ’tight spot’.

Arlene Foster discovered that last week when many of her fair weathered friends deserted her.

Back at Christmas time our family, other families, residents and nursing staff at the Valley Nursing Home Clogher found ourselves in a ‘tight spot’ with the care home facing closure.

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It was a painful and anxious time and I asked all elected political parties in Fermanagh/South Tyrone to help and support our care home community.

With the honourable exception of Mrs Foster, they failed to offer support.

Despite leading Northern Ireland at the height of the second wave of Covid 19 and dealing with the fall out from Brexit, Mrs Foster found time to communicate with our family and to make representations on our behalf and her efforts were greatly appreciated.

I would like to publicly thank Arlene Foster for her support and wish her and her family well for the future.

With Mrs Foster withdrawing from local politics, the old adage that ’all political careers end in failure’ comes to mind but with regard to Arlene Foster, I would say that grace and courtesy always endure.

Gerry Cullen, Dungannon

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