A DESIGN team has been appointed to develop plans for the relocation of the Central Mental Hospital to Portrane and construction work will begin on the project in 2014 and be completed two years later.
That was the answer given to Deputy Brendan Ryan TD when he tabled a parliamentary question to the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, on the subject. Deputy Ryan said: 'I asked the position regarding the proposal to move the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum to Portrane and asked the stage the proposal is at and if there are any timescales on how the proposal is progressing.'
The Labour TD said: 'I was informed by the Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch that the Infrastructural and Capital Programme 2012 - 2016 includes capital funding for the Reconfiguration of the National Forensic Mental Health Services. 'This will include the replacement of the Central Mental Hospital (CMH), the development of a 10-bed Intellectual Disability Forensic Mental Health Unit, a 10-bed Child and Adolescent Forensic Mental Health Unit, as well as four regional Intensive Care Rehabilitation Units (ICRUs).
'It is planned to build the new CMH, the Intellectual Disability and the Child and Adolescent Forensic Mental Health Units at Portrane, Co. Dublin.' Deputy Ryan concluded: 'The design team has recently been appointed and commenced work on the project. Subject to the statutory approvals, it is expected that construction will commence in 2014 and take two years to complete.'