Press Release

Minister O’Malley launches the new format of the Irish Journal of Psychology

Mr Tim O’Malley TD, Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children, today (Wednesday, May 3rd 2006) launched the new format of the Irish Journal of Psychology.

The Minister paid tribute to the editorial team under Dr Barbara Dooley and Dr Eilis Hennessy of UCD and complimented them on the work undertaken.

The Minister said that “the upgrading of the journal reflects the emergence of a vibrant and expanding profession here in Ireland. The growth in demand for psychological services in recent years has been a significant driving force in the development of those services”.

He referred to the growth in the numbers of professionals employed throughout the health service in general and specifically referred to the steady increase in the number of psychology professionals since 1999 with an overall growth rate of just over 80% at end 2005.

The Minister said that one of the most significant issues affecting the psychology profession in recent years is the enactment of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act which provides for the establishment of a system of statutory registration for health and social care professionals, including psychologists.

He thanked the Psychological Society of Ireland for its input and assistance in advancing the statutory registration process to its present stage and stated his belief that the introduction of statutory registration will be a worthwhile initiative, which will further enhance the profession of psychology in the future.