Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

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Labour Politicians write to Red Cross about the future of Red Cross House


Three local Labour politicians have written to the British Red Cross about their decision to close Red Cross House in Irvine.

Margaret McDougall MSP has been joined by Labour Councillor’s Joe Cullinane, the party’s MSP candidate for Cunninghame South, and Ian Clarkson in writing to challenge the decision. 

The trio met with the British Red Cross’ Operations Director for ‘Options for Independence’ on Friday (11th December) afternoon to discuss the issue before writing to the charities Chief Executive. 

Speaking after the meeting Councillor Cullinane, who organised the meeting said; 

“We are very concerned by the decision of the British Red Cross to close the facility. This will have a devastating impact on the vulnerable adults who use the service and their families whilst the potential loss of 77 local jobs would be a massive blow.” 

“We must do everything in our power to protect the services delivered at Red Cross House and retain these jobs. That’s why we have written to the British Red Cross about their decision.” 

Margaret McDougall MSP added; 

“The closure of Red Cross House would be a real blow. I have submitted a Parliamentary motion on the issue and will continue to work with colleagues to try and find a solution. There seems no logical reason for the closure other than the Red Cross making a strategic choice to move away from delivering residential care.” 

Councillor Ian Clarkson added; 

“I have spoken with staff at Red Cross House and I know that they are concerned about the future. I want to see their jobs protected and the facility continue to be used by service users and community groups.”


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