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#Kathleen Lynch

# kathleen-lynch - Monday 21 March, 2016

'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.

# kathleen-lynch - Friday 29 January, 2016

'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.

# kathleen-lynch - Wednesday 7 October, 2015

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Friday 31 July, 2015

Registration for over-70s free GP care begins today

The announcement has been made by Health Minister Leo Varadkar.

# kathleen-lynch - Wednesday 22 July, 2015

Going a month without a shower at HSE-run home is "intolerable"

Numerous shortcomings were found by a Hiqa report published yesterday.

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Tuesday 14 July, 2015

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Monday 29 June, 2015

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Wednesday 24 June, 2015

Ten parents PER MINUTE are signing up to free GP care for under 6s

The level of uptake has been described as “phenomenal”.

'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.

# kathleen-lynch - Wednesday 3 June, 2015

The Central Mental Hospital is being closed down

Patients will be transferred to a larger, more modern, hospital in Portrane.

# kathleen-lynch - Tuesday 26 May, 2015

Some serious shade was thrown as the Dáil welcomed a new TD today Dáil Bantz This post contains videos

Some serious shade was thrown as the Dáil welcomed a new TD today

They just couldn’t help themselves…

# kathleen-lynch - Friday 22 May, 2015

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Wednesday 22 April, 2015

Customs seized 1,017 abortion pills last year

Ruth Coppinger wants the State to stop confiscating the tablets.

# kathleen-lynch - Thursday 2 April, 2015

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Tuesday 10 March, 2015

96FM apologises for claiming minister used teenager's death for publicity Donal Walsh This post contains videos

96FM apologises for claiming minister used teenager's death for publicity

Kathleen Lynch has been paid undisclosed damages.

# kathleen-lynch - Friday 13 February, 2015

Elderly people won't pay out more under Fair Deal scheme

Minister Kathleen Lynch said an extra €30 million is needed.

# kathleen-lynch - Thursday 12 February, 2015

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?”

# kathleen-lynch - Tuesday 16 December, 2014

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…

# kathleen-lynch - Saturday 29 November, 2014

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Thursday 27 November, 2014

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

Apparently GPs can renew medical cards - but did anyone tell GPs?

Who told whom what, and when?

# kathleen-lynch - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Sunday 5 October, 2014

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Wednesday 1 October, 2014

'A grubby incident': Enda Kenny faces further criticism over McNulty affair

McNulty withdrew from the Seanad by-election yesterday.

# kathleen-lynch - Tuesday 23 September, 2014

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Sunday 14 September, 2014

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Wednesday 10 September, 2014

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.

Lynch: 'We have to be careful about cases where we suspect suicide but there's no evidence'

Today is World Suicide Awareness Day.

# kathleen-lynch - Thursday 17 July, 2014

'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.

# kathleen-lynch - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Kathleen Lynch says she still has responsibility for older people

It comes after concerns over a change in her title today.

# kathleen-lynch - Monday 30 June, 2014

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

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.

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Sunday 22 June, 2014

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Monday 26 May, 2014

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Friday 23 May, 2014

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Thursday 22 May, 2014

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.

# kathleen-lynch - Monday 12 May, 2014

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.

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