Construction expected to start later this year
Minister for Health James Reilly has welcomed the approval to vary the Development Plan for the National Forensic Mental Health Service Facilities at Portrane to replace the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum.
He said: 'The HSE will now progress the work on preparing the Planning Application for submission to An Bord Pleanála, which should take in the region of three months.
'This will allow for the development of new modern psychiatric health care and ancillary facilities.'
Minister Reilly added: 'The redevelopment of the Central Mental Hospital is a priority for this Government and is a very important element in our plan to modernise our mental health services.
'It has long been accepted that the facilities at Dundrum are not an appropriate place for treating and caring for persons with mental illness, so I am delighted that we are now moving forward with this major capital project which will provide for a pathway through high, medium and low secure mental health care to align with 'A Vision for Change' policy.'
He concluded: 'The first phase of this project involves provision of a new 120 bed Adult Forensic Hospital at St. Ita's, Portrane, together with a 10-bed Forensic Child and Adolescent Unit, and a 10-bed Forensic Mental Health Intellectual Disability Unit on the same site.
'It is expected that construction will commence this year and take two years to complete.'