Press Release

Minister Lynch welcomes significant milestone in the development of a new, modern facility to replace the Central Mental Hospital

Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch T.D. today (Tuesday 23 September 2014) welcomed the lodging of a Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) planning application to An Bord Pleanála which marks the first important step in replacing the Central Mental Hospital (CMH), Dundrum with an appropriate modern facility.

“The decision of An Bord Pleanála to grant the National Forensic Mental Health project Strategic Infrastructure Development status is welcome. It highlights the significance of the project for the people of Ireland” said the Minister. “The provision of a new forensic hospital is a key recommendation of A Vision for Change and is a vital part of the overall reforms in the Mental Health sector. I am confident that the project will proceed through the planning process and that building can commence by the end of 2015.”

This planning application demonstrates the Government’s commitment to implement the outstanding aspects of A Vision for Change, including delivery of new infrastructure for the National Forensic Mental Health Service (NFMHS) to replace the CMH with a new, modern forensic facility (Phase 1), and, in due course, the provision of four intensive care regional facilities (Phase 2).

Project and Design Teams were appointed for the forensic project (Phase 1) some time ago. This proposed capital project, divided into two phases, will complement the €90m made available since 2012 under the Programme for Government to underpin around 1,100 new staff to facilitate a move away from traditional institutional care towards community based services.

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Notes for Editors

  1. The first phase of the National Forensic Mental Health Project involves provision of a new 120 bed Adult Forensic Hospital at Portrane, together with a 10 bed Forensic Child & Adolescent Unit, and a 10 bed Forensic Mental Health Intellectual Disability Unit on the same site. Phase 1 is provided for in the HSE Capital Plan. Phase 2, which is progressing through detailed design stage, will involve in due course the provision of new regional Intensive Care Units in the eastern, southern and western parts of the country.
  2.  Under the SID process, there is a 7 week period for submissions from interested parties.