Minister misled Dáil on mental health budget - Pat Buckley TD
Sinn Fein Mental Health spokesperson Pat Buckley TD has condemned the continued practice of the government misleading the Dáil on budget day in regards to it's mental health allocation.
He was responding to an answer received from a Parliamentary Question that revealed just €35 million of the announced €84 million is actually new money for services.
Deputy Buckley said;
"This is the 3rd time in a row the government have sought on budget day to mislead the Dáil and the people on Mental Health funding.
"There was much fanfare during the Minister for Finances speech when he announced €84 million euro additional funding for 2018. It soon became clear that €29 million of that was actually for already existing pay agreements.
"This left the €55 million which Minister Daly had been saying all of last year was being planned for this budget.
"Now following responses to questions from myself and Gerry Adams TD we know that even this number is not accurate.
"The additional money for 2019 mental health services will be just €35 million. This is because €20 million of the announced €55 million is actually a carry over from funding announced last year.
"Given the rapidly increasing demand on existing mental health services, staff shortages and need for new developments, a major investment of new money was needed for 2019.
"No only has this not happened but the government has sought to make fools of us by playing with the figures."
Link to PQ: https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2018-10-16a.864