A residential centre for people with disabilities in Kilkenny has been strongly criticised by the Health Information and Quality Authority.

St Patrick's Centre just outside of Kilkenny city was found to have major non-compliance in certain safety areas, with serious and immediate fire safety risks.

The HIQA report was one of 20 published today.

Ten of the reports on residential services for people with disabilities found that, in general, the provider was ensuring good levels of compliance and there was a focus on promoting the quality of life of residents.

Centres operated by Sunbeam House, St Joseph's Foundation, Rehabcare, GALRO Limited and Cumas in New Ross were found to be compliant.

However, an inspection of a centre run by St Patrick's Centre in Kilkenny found a number of significant breaches of regulations.

Out of nine outcomes inspected on this occasion, six were found to be at the level of major non-compliance.

Serious and immediate fire safety risks had not been addressed and some of the premises were found to be unsanitary and in a poor state of repair.

Reports on centres operated by the Cheshire Foundation found areas of non-compliance last year in each of the four centres inspected, in particular in relation to governance and management. 

HIQA recognises there have been some improvements since then.

Two Ability West centres in Galway found certain areas needed work, including safety and risk management.

A centre run by the COPE Foundation in Cork found that residents' social care needs were not met and fire doors were observed to be wedged open and as such, would not be effective in the event of a fire.

A report on a St Michael's House centre in Dublin found a lack of activities available for residents, ineffective fire evacuation procedures and no annual review produced.