Press Release

Minister for Older People Callely speaks at opening of new facilities at St. Francis Hospice, Raheny

St Francis Hospice in Raheny, established in 1989, provides a respite and palliative care to people in North Dublin in the advanced stages of cancer and motor neurone disease as well as providing support for their families and friends.

Speaking at the opening of a new Day Care Centre and Centre for Continuing Studies, Minister Callely said, today (2 July), “St Francis Hospice has a long tradition of caring for the terminally ill and has done much to develop techniques and programmes of care which are specially tailored to meet their needs.”

Today´s opening at St Francis Hospice was also attended by Her Excellency President Mary McAleese.

The Minister also said that he hoped that the future development of services on a partnership basis between the voluntary and public sectors will ensure that the challenges of the future will be met in an efficient and effective manner in an atmosphere of mutual support and understanding.

During his visit to St Francis the Minister paid particularly tribute to the commitment and dedication of the staff, volunteers and wider body of supporters associated with St Francis describing their contribution as immeasurable.

Minister Callely who describes himself as “getting to grips with his new brief at the Department of Health and Children”, commented today that he is looking forward to the challenges ahead and will be looking to build on the very significant achievements of the last Government in improving the level and quality of services available to older people.

“I am committed to being a voice in Government for our older people and I am looking forward to working with our older people to ensure that their wealth of life experiences can be harnessed to the benefit of our society in general”, the Minister said.

Minister Callely also addressed a meeting of the Institute of Healthcare Management at Farmleigh this afternoon. During his speech Minister Callely told the gathering of health care managers that he is “committed to the provision of services which support the family unit with a range of community and home-orientated supports. I will be guided by the four man principles set out in Quality and Fairness: A Health System for You (the Health Strategy) – equity for all, a strong focus on people, delivery of a quality services and ‘value for money’ and accountability.”