Press Release

Mr. Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children officially opens a new unit at St.Gabriel´s Centre, Dooradoyle, Limerick

Mr. Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today (28th November 2003) officially opened a new section at St. Gabriel´s Centre, Dooradoyle, Limerick.

St. Gabriel´s is a voluntary organisation providing a range of therapy services to children with physical, sensory or intellectual disability in the Mid-West region since 1961. It is one of six similar services in the country the others based mainly in the greater Dublin area and one in Cork. Services are provided on site at Dooradoyle, in children’s homes, pre-school and schools as appropriate and in local community settings such as swimming pools and gymnasiums. Services provided are: Medical, Paediatric Nursing, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Assistive Technology, Seating and Mobility Clinics and Orthotic Clinics.

Minister O´Malley opened an extension to the centre, of over 11,000 sq ft, which has recently been completed. This is a joint development between St Gabriel´s and the Central Remedial Clinic, Dublin. The Mid Western Health Board has recently awarded a contract to the Central Remedial Clinic to operate a regional clinic within this extension, which includes services such as a Seating and Mobility Clinics and Assistive Technology. These clinics are available to all people living in the Mid West as well as St Gabriel´s service users.

Minister O´Malley reiterated the Government´s commitment to the “continued development of services to people with disabilities to enable them to live as independently as possible within the community”. He went on to pay tribute to the patients, staff and all associated with St Gabriel´s and wished them every success with its future work in the region.