The closure today of the vital Loreto Day Service in Navan has been a devastating blow for the elderly people who rely on it.
Users of the service have expressed their shock and disgust at the decision to close it.
The decision by the HSE leaves the 120 elderly people without this invaluable lifeline that provides a social outlet as well as health checks, hot meals and advocacy services.
The closure follows a fire officers report, which found several serious fire safety issues with the building that needed urgent attention.
Its closure at just a few days notice has come as a shock to clients and their families.
Navan Mayor Tommy Reilly has expressed his outrage at the closure. He said: "It's an absolute disgrace to see 120 people thrown out on the street. For these people, this is their lifeline, they have no other outlet one day a week and for the relatives that are looking after them, it is the only 6 or 7 hour break they get out of the 7 days.
"There are alternative buildings around the town and its vital we get this service open again as soon as possible," said Cllr Reilly.
We will have more on this story in next week's Meath Chronicle.