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New cases halted at mental hospitals

Three mental health hospitals have been ordered to shut their doors to new patients after warnings they are no place for the sick.

The units -- St Brendan's, Cabra and St Ita's, Portrane, both in Dublin, and St Senan's, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford -- have been told not to admit any more acutely ill psychiatric patients.

St Senan's was told to stop admitting children by the end of the month and stop admissions to two units by February next year.

St Brendan's was ordered to stop acute admissions by September unless they are from other rehab services, and St Ita's was told to halt acute admissions by next February.

The Mental Health Commission said inspectors had warned they are unfit for human habitation.

Hugh Kane, chief executive of the authority, said: "These three particular hospitals, for a number of years, have been highlighted as having extremely poor conditions."