New Dundalk Primary Care Centre must provide Mental Health services - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has given a cautious welcome to the news that the long awaited Dundalk primary care centre is in the final stages of securing a premises.
Teachta Adams, as part of a long running campaign to ensure that adequate mental health services are provided in north Louth, recently submitted parliamentary questions to the Minister on this issue.
Speaking in Dundalk following the responses to these parliamentary questions, Teachta Adams stated;
“Last week, I highlighted the unacceptable situation faced by parents in Dundalk who must, with their children, travel to Ardee or Drogheda to access Child and Adolescent Mental Health services.
"Can you imagine the stress and worry faced by these children and their parents as they wait and hope that they can access these vital services at such a vulnerable time?
“Current mental health services in Dundalk are delivered by a fantastic team in Ladywell, but as you know the building isn’t fit for purpose and cannot house the mental health services the community needs.
“I have continuously raised the worrying lack of mental health services in north Louth with various Ministers and with An Taoiseach. The people of north Louth were promised a primary care centre that will accommodate a full range of mental health services for the community.
“The Minister has told me that this promised primary care centre is now in sight. What we now need is a firm commitment that it will deliver the full range of mental health services needed for Dundalk”.