Sunday 11 December 2016

Kenny's promises on mental health were pure guff

Published 05/06/2015 | 02:30

'Mr Enda Kenny’s government promised an additional €35m annually for mental health'
'Mr Enda Kenny’s government promised an additional €35m annually for mental health'

Mental health "is so central and so sensitive to our communities that it deserves the very best from the Government and that it shall have". These were the words of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of a Console counselling service in Mayo in 2012.

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This week's publication of Mental Health Reform's progress report on the delivery of the national mental health policy - 'A Vision for Change' - tells a very different story. The report details a litany of failures by Government and health services to meet the mental health needs of the Irish population.

Virtually all of this Government's intent on mental health as specified in the Programme for Government remains unacted upon. Mr Kenny's government promised an additional €35m annually for mental health.

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