Ice-cool Kenny vows to prioritise mental health care
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has vowed to make mental health facilities a core part of health services around the country.
Speaking at the launch of a suicide bereavement centre yesterday, Mr Kenny said mental health could no longer be viewed as "a sort of Cinderella area of the services".
"It is so central and so sensitive to our communities that it deserves the very best from the Government and that it shall have," he added.
Mr Kenny was in Swinford in Co Mayo to open the Console Centre for Suicide Bereavement Counselling Services.
Earlier he enjoyed some ice cream when he dropped in to St Patrick's National School in Cornanool, Castlebar.
The school was hosting a HB Ice Cream Funday Party for Down Syndrome Ireland and Mr Kenny enthusiastically grabbed a slice of vanilla.
Among the school children was Amey Tobin (11) along with chief executive of Down Syndrome Ireland, Pat Clarke, and his son David.