Dáil debates

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate

Mental Health Services Provision

2:25 pm

Photo of Séamus HealySéamus Healy (Tipperary, Workers and Unemployed Action Group) | Oireachtas source

I welcome the Minister of State's reply and thank him for the detail of it. I particularly welcome the fact that he believes this project is a priority issue for mental health services in Tipperary. The existing crisis house is not fit for purpose. It is an old building. It is particularly not fit for purpose having regard to modern psychiatry and modern standards. The construction of a purpose built unit for the purposes of a crisis house is necessary and an urgent priority.

I take this opportunity to welcome the Jigsaw project which the Minister of State mentioned. It is one we have sought for quite some time in Tipperary. It has been welcomed widely across the county.

I want to acknowledge briefly the work of the staff in the mental health services across Tipperary. They work above and beyond the call of duty. It is also important to recognise the work of many voluntary organisations across Tipperary which are working in the field of mental health. I welcome the Minister of State's reply and hope we will see JCBs on the site in the not too distant future.


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