Press Release

Minister O´Malley officially opens the Castleview Training Centre, Finglas and the Finglas Community Mental Health Centre

Mr. Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children, today (Thursday 20th May 2004) officially opens the Castleview Training Centre, Finglas and the Finglas Community Mental Health Centre.

The Minister paid tribute to the Northern Area Health Board on the provision of these two new facilities in Finglas.

In opening these facilities that Minister emphasised that “Education and training is the cornerstone to advancement and improvement in the life of those who have either had to drop out of the workforce through ill health or indeed have never got the opportunity to participate in the work place”.

Minister O´Malley referred to the substantial changes that have been unfolding in the mental health services in Ireland in recent years. “The perception of an institutional style mental health service, standing in isolation and closed from the rest of the community, is thankfully becoming a thing of the past” said the Minister. The shift in the delivery of services from predominantly hospital-based care has been successful and undoubtedly the quality of care for persons with a mental illness has been enhanced by this development.

The Minister congratulated the Northern Area Health Board on the opening of the facilities. “I believe the Castleview Training Centre and the Finglas Community Mental Health Centre will prove to be a very valuable addition to the Mental Health Services for the Northern Area Health Board region. They should serve as models for service developments elsewhere and I would like to compliment everyone associated with these projects” said the Minister.

On the occasion Minister O´Malley referred to the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy which he established last year. He said that the Expert Group will examine all aspects of mental health care and treatment, updating the policy document, Planning for the Future which was published in 1984. The Minister expects the Group to report to him in 2005.