Press Release

O´Malley backs call for Medical School at University of Limerick

Mr Tim O´Malley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children has given his support to the proposal made by the University of Limerick to develop a new medical school.

“I fully support this idea and I congratulate the University of Limerick on developing this proposal” said the Minister. “The introduction of postgraduate entry to medical schools has already been proposed by the Minister for Education and Science, Mr Noel Dempsey TD and needs to be progressed by our third level institutions” added Minister O´Malley. “We need to plan now to meet future medical requirements” said the Minister.

Minister O´Malley highlighted the fact that the Minister for Health and Children and the Minister for Education and Science have established a national working group to examine undergraduate medical education and training in Ireland. This group will have regard to the Programme for Government, including strategic changes set out in the 2001 Health Strategy. “Obviously the recommendations which will be made by this group will have important implications for developments such as that proposed at the University of Limerick and must be taken into account” said Minister O´Malley.

The University of Limerick has ten and a half thousand students and provides courses in numerous health services including nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language and music therapy.

The Minister stated that he believed that the development of a new medical school in conjunction with the existing health programmes would provide an important resource for the University, for the mid-west and for the country as a whole.