« Back€1.65 million for two Kerry mental health facilities

€1.65 million has been provided for two mental health facilities in Kerry in the 2017 HSE Service Plan.
The Deer Lodge Continuing Care Unit in Killarney and the High Observation Mental Health Unit in University Hospital Kerry have been earmarked for funding.
Fine Gael Deputy Brendan Griffin has welcomed the funding saying it represents good progress for mental health services in Kerry.
Independent Deputy Danny Healy-Rae has also welcomed the announcment.

Brendan Griffin
€1.15 million will be provided for the 40-bed Deer Lodge Continuing Care Unit in Killarney, allowing it to start opening in January, with a view to being fully open by March.
€500,000 has been approved for the completion and opening of beds at the new High Observation Mental Health Unit at University Hospital Kerry.
This funding will provide for the continuation of the works and completion of full refurbishment of the unit in a quicker timeframe.
Earlier this week Cllr Michael Gleeson called for two mental health units to be opened for immediate use.
He said the state of the art facilities at Deer Lodge Residential Unit in Killarney and the intensive care unit in University Hospital Kerry are vital additions to psychiatric care in the county.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae seconded the motion and said it was a thundering disgrace that the Deer Lodge facility had been left idle so long.