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Announcement on Central Mental Hospital welcomed

1 July, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has welcomed the announcement in the Dáil this afternoon from Minister of State at the Department of Health John Moloney that the new Central Mental Hospital will not be co-located at the site of the proposed super prison at Thornton Hall.

Speaking after Minister Moloney made the announcement Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“I welcome the announcement from Minister Moloney that the new Central Mental Hospital will not now be co-located at the site of the proposed Super Prison at Thornton Hall. The proposal to locate the hospital at this site was an insult to people with mental illness and their families and was typical of this Government’s attitude to the mental health sector. The Government has wasted valuable time and money on this totally ill-conceived project which met the opposition of the entire mental health sector.

“If the Government had listened in the first place the co-location at Thornton Hall would never have been proposed. The Government should finally listen now and redevelop the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum where great improvements have been made in recent years.” ENDS

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