Press Release

Minister O´Malley presents certificates at the Healthcare Assistants Course Graduation Ceremony

Mr. Tim O´Malley, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today November 19th, 2002 presented certificates to graduates of the Health Care Assistant´s Course. The Minister noted that the course was a very important development for the graduates on a personal and professional level and that it also adds a new dimension to the quality of care within the Service.

In his address, the Minister referred to the fact that the Health Care Assistant´s Course commenced as part of a national pilot programme and is currently operating in 17 sites throughout the country.

The Minister referred to the fact that since 1892 the Daughters of Charity have been one of the major providers of services to persons with an intellectual disability. The range of services provided includes residential, respite and day services, education, training and employment. All of these services are characterised by a dedication to ensuring that the needs of the individual person come first.

The Minister paid tribute to all those involved in the provision of services by the Daughters of Charity and wished the Graduates every success in their future endeavours.