The Health Service Executive said it is disappointed with the news the Health Information & Quality Authority has issued the Áras Attracta facility for people with learning disabilities in Co Mayo with notice of a proposal to cancel the registration of one of its centres.

In a statement it said: "While we are disappointed considering the significant work and programme of change which is under way at the centre and the favourable reports from HIQA following inspection in April this year, we are strongly committed to addressing the issues raised, particularly in relation to staffing and governance."

The executive said extra staff has been recruited in the past fortnight and a further 25 posts have been approved, to allow it to commission two new vacant bungalows.

It said this will reduce the numbers in some of the existing three centres.

The HSE added a new Director of Services for the campus has taken up duty and successful candidates have been identified for three key senior clinical positions, which will strengthen governance and oversight.

RTÉ News has learned the notice was issued within the past week to the HSE-run centre in Swinford.

It follows two unannounced inspections in July, which raised concerns about care at Centre 2.

The centre, which houses five Bungalows - 3, 4, 5, 6, and 13 - has been given 28 days to respond.

The issues relate to management, governance and staffing.

HIQA has raised concerns about safe levels of staffing and care and risks to residents.

There have been incidents between residents that have also raised concerns.

HIQA is now in a process with the HSE on the draft inspection reports and a briefing of staff at the centre is expected to take place today on the developments.

An undercover report by the RTÉ Investigations Unit in December 2014 showed some residents at a unit in Áras Attracta being force-fed, slapped, kicked, physically restrained and shouted at.

A garda investigation was established, which has led to six individuals facing charges of alleged assault of residents.

Áras Attracta in middle of restructuring process

The Area Manager for the HSE in the Mid-West has said the facility is in the middle of a management restructuring process.

Bernard Gloster told RTÉ's Drivetime said a new Director of Services was recently appointed and that it takes time to recruit people with the necessary skills.

He said the facility will now be broken down into three centres on the same campus, each with a different person in charge.

Áras Attracta not fit for purpose - Inclusion Ireland

The CEO of Inclusion Ireland has said Áras Attracta is just one of a number of centres that is not fit for purpose.

Paddy Connolly told RTÉ's Drivetime the centre has been under-invested and applies a model that is out of date.

He said the HIQA inspection process has been the driver of real change for the lives of people with disabilities.

Mr Connolly said the HSE and HIQA are on a collision course because both bodies have two sets of rules.

He also criticised Government action and said that there is very little the HSE can do without investment.