Press Release

Minister O´Malley visits mental health and disability facilities in the limerick clare region

Mr Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (31 July) visited a number of mental health facilities and facilities for people with disabilities in the Limerick/Clare region.

The Minister was making his visits as part of his initial familiarisation with the areas under his responsibility, disability, mental health and food safety. Following his visits the Minister said “Significant progress has been made in terms of funding in recent years, but I am aware that there are issues that still need to be identified and resolved. It is my intention to alleviate as many of these pressures as possible during my term in office”.

Facilities visited by the Minister included the acute psychiatric unit at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, the Daughters of Charity services for people with intellectual disabilities at Lisnagry and the sheltered workshop / vocational training centre for people with disabilities. During the visits, the Minister met and spoke with service users and providers. The Minister said “the development of a partnership approach to service provision is essential to the delivery of an efficient and seamless service. I would like to congratulate the Mid Western Health Board and the voluntary service providers for the delivery of the quality services which I visited today”.

Minister O´Malley will be visiting various facilities in each of the health board areas around the country over the next few weeks.