A Vision for Change – a strategy document published in 2006 that set out the direction of mental health services in Ireland - recommended the establishment of 48 rehabilitation teams based on the current population.
Minister Jim Daly’s decision to retire from politics, at the age of just 46, is surprising and unsurprising. The Cork South West Fine Gael TD said it was “a deeply personal decision”. He has five children aged between six and 16 and he said he felt that he had put politics first for many years and it was now time to put his family first.
Mental health minister Jim Daly has pledged that best practices guidelines for mental health facilities will be circulated among providers after calls in the Dáil for stricter regulation and better care for children.
Paddy O’Brien, one of the country’s foremost crusaders on behalf of the elderly, said the difficulties people are experiencing accessing home help are “worse now” than he has ever seen.
Thousands of farming families who place elderly relatives in nursing homes will see crippling costs capped after three years under new Fair Deal rules changes to be backed by cabinet tomorrow.
Minister Jim Daly does not believe Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will reshuffle his cabinet following the local election results and also said he doesn't feel Fianna Fail's strong showing could force an early general election.