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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Kathleen Lynch

All time
# shots fired
'So obsessed with publicity': Outgoing Labour minister's parting shot at Leo
Kathleen Lynch has given a revealing interview in which she criticises the Health Minister.
# Foster Care
'They were tortured and degraded in unspeakable ways'
Social Care Minister Kathleen Lynch issued a statement today addressing allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a state-backed foster home.
# Trouble Brewing
Nurses threaten strike action as Galway mental health staff refuse to work over safety concerns
The INMO’s announcement comes on foot of an incident at the mental health unit of University Hospital Galway on Friday.
# Expansion
Registration for over-70s free GP care begins today
The announcement has been made by Health Minister Leo Varadkar.
# Elderly
Going a month without a shower at HSE-run home is "intolerable"
Numerous shortcomings were found by a Hiqa report published yesterday.
# Self Harm
13 people using mental health services in Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary took their own lives
The state’s mental health watchdog has found training for mental health service providers was inadequate.
# we shall not be moved
These people travelled all the way from Donegal to save their community
Concerns have been raised about the possible closure of the Cleary Centre in Donegal Town.
# Kilkenny
A care home for those with intellectual disabilities has been de-registered following an inspection
The unit at St Patricks, Kilkenny, which houses 28 people, has been de-registered for up to 28 days over a number of concerns.
# busy phonelines
Ten parents PER MINUTE are signing up to free GP care for under 6s
The level of uptake has been described as “phenomenal”.
# Suicide Prevention
'Just by being there for a friend, we can keep life itself'
The government wants to reduce suicide and self-harm by 10% over the next five years.
# Dundrum
The Central Mental Hospital is being closed down
Patients will be transferred to a larger, more modern, hospital in Portrane.
# Dáil bantz
Some serious shade was thrown as the Dáil welcomed a new TD today
They just couldn’t help themselves…
# Long Time Coming
Magdalene survivors to get specialised health cards from next month
The women will be eligible for a range of health services from the start of July.
# Pro-Choice
Customs seized 1,017 abortion pills last year
Ruth Coppinger wants the State to stop confiscating the tablets.
# Overcrowding
Leo wants no more than 90 people on trolleys for more than nine hours by the end of 2015
Hospital waiting lists and overcrowding are among the biggest problems facing the health service.
# Donal Walsh
96FM apologises for claiming minister used teenager's death for publicity
Kathleen Lynch has been paid undisclosed damages.
# Health
Elderly people won't pay out more under Fair Deal scheme
Minister Kathleen Lynch said an extra €30 million is needed.
# Medical Cards
Minister: Trust me, I'm aware of cases like Lucy
“It’s not that the system isn’t sympathetic, it is – who wouldn’t be?”
# State of the Nation
Minister 'hasn't heard anything' to reassure her about abuse at other care homes
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Funding
Kathleen Lynch: 'I've visited mental health centres, there are very few issues'
The Mental Health Minister said occasionally wards would be full when beds were free.
# HSE Service plan
Varadkar: Running health service is like feeding the 5,000 with loaves and fish
The Health Minister also ruled out a General Election in 2015.
# must have missed that memo
Apparently GPs can renew medical cards - but did anyone tell GPs?
Who told whom what, and when?
# budget 2015
Where's the missing €15 million?... Criticism over shortfall in mental health spending
€35 million is being ring-fenced for the area as part of Budget 2015, but organisations are concerned that’s still €15 million short of what should be spent.
# street dealing
Plans to clampdown on abuse of anti-anxiety drugs ready 'within months'
There are concerns over the growing quantity of these drugs being illegally sold.
# Seanad
'A grubby incident': Enda Kenny faces further criticism over McNulty affair
McNulty withdrew from the Seanad by-election yesterday.
# national facility
Building of new Central Mental Hospital in Portrane may begin next year
Planning permission for the project could be decided upon in the first half of next year.
# Medication
Prescription charges bring in €120m but hurt 'most vulnerable in society'
Groups representing carers, elderly people and those on low incomes have called for a reduction but that’s not likely to happen in the next Budget.
# The old guard
The Gardaí are set to ramp up efforts to keep the capital's elderly safe
Dublin City Council and Age Friendly Ireland have teamed up to try and improve the lives of Dublin’s elderly.
# Suicide Prevention
Lynch: 'We have to be careful about cases where we suspect suicide but there's no evidence'
Today is World Suicide Awareness Day.
# fair deal scheme
'Adding to chaos': Waiting times for nursing home funding double over three months
The waiting time for funding increased from six to 12 weeks, while the number of people on the list rose by 500.
Voices
Opinion: Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this Cabinet doesn't care about them
The new Gaeltacht minister isn’t fluent in Irish and the de-prioritisation of older people’s issues has been rubber-stamped; whole sections of society are being disenfranchised.
# Social Care
Kathleen Lynch says she still has responsibility for older people
It comes after concerns over a change in her title today.
# refuges
Legislation being updated to help end 'epidemic levels' of domestic violence
Speaking in the Dáil last week, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that certain laws need to be updated before Ireland can ratify the EU Convention on domestic violence.
# PNA
Clinicians brand mental health report as 'damning indictment' of minister's work
The Psychiatric Nurses Association say that the government’s roadmap for improvements in the sector needs to be overhauled.
# Mental Health
Free online tool offers help to teens and adults with depression
The tool offers immediate access to a lower-intensity intervention and is implemented through healthcare professionals.
# No Confidence
Minister denies resource issue in area where 13 patients have died by suicide
Nine psychiatrists have withdrawn confidence in the clinical management of the mental health service in the Carlow-Kilkenny-South Tipperary.
# mad as hell
Labour senator: I'm tired of being bullied by Gilmore's henchmen
John Whelan has said the party’s leadership has become out-of-touch with voters and arrogant.
# Mental Health
Psychiatric nurses reject Lynch comments, claim Galway unit 'anything but safe'
The HSA has been called in to examine the unit at UCHG after the death of a patient last week.
# Review
Psychiatric patient dies in HSE care - Minister says services are 'being delivered safely'
Kathleen Lynch was responding to allegations from Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney, who yesterday expressed alarm at the “rapid deterioration” of services at University Hospital Galway.
# unwilling
Calls to end electroshock therapy, it can be carried out on people "unwilling or unable" to consent
In 2011, 25 out of 332 programmes of ECT were given to patients who were either unwilling or unable to give consent to the treatment.