Press Release

Official Opening of Clonmethan Lodge, Oldtown, Co Dublin

Mr Tim O´Malley, T.D., Minister of State for Food Safety, Mental Health and Disability Services at the Department of Health and Children today (9 July) officially opened Clonmethan Lodge, Oldtown.

Clonmethan Lodge was built by the Northern Area Health Board as part of the ongoing programme to provide new and refurbished facilities for persons with an intellectual disability accommodated in St Joseph´s Intellectual Disability Services, St Ita’s Hospital, Portrane. It is a purpose built complex incorporating five bungalows and a day service facility for 30 persons.

Minister O´Malley said that he was delighted to visit Clonmethan on what was his first official engagement. He also announced that his Department has recently given approval to the Northern Area Board to proceed with the initial stages of the planning and design process in respect of a similar facility for a further 30 persons from St Joseph´s Services in Lusk.

Following the official opening of Clonmethan Lodge, the Minister visited both the mental health and intellectual disability services on the St Ita´s campus.