Taking care of mental patients
BUSTS come and booms go, but some Irish institutions keep on crumbling quietly for ever. Fifteen mental hospitals, built when Queen Victoria sat on the throne of Great Britain and Ireland, still house -- some would say incarcerate -- 1,200 patients in unforgivable conditions.
That people in need of tender care, expert treatment and a decent place to live should have lived in those conditions is a national disgrace and serves to show how the years of the Celtic Tiger were wasted.
All the more credit, then, to John Moloney, junior minister with responsibility for mental health.