Louth and East Meath Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams met with representatives of the HSE Louth Meath Mental Health team at the Singleton House Community Mental Health facility in Drogheda on Friday 24th February.
Speaking after the meeting Teachta Adams said;
“I was delighted to visit Singleton House this morning as part of my commitment to lobby for additional HSE spend on mental health in my constituency.
“Ladywell premises in Dundalk, which provides out patient mental health services for the north of the county needs to be replaced with a Primary Care Centre.
“The staff at Ladywell are superb however the premises are totally unacceptable, they are outdated, unsuitable, damp and urgently need to be upgraded.
“The difference in Singleton House and Ladywell is stark.
“Singleton House is a state of the art, bright and modern facility which staff I met are rightly proud of.
“There are treatment rooms and therapeutic rooms and larger rooms for staff training and other activities.
“The contrast with the Ladywell premises could not be more pronounced.
“It is unconscionable that citizens in the north of the county, which has the highest indices of deprivation, are not afforded a similar level of service as those citizens in south Louth.
“Louth has the lowest per capita spend on mental health across the State.
“This must be rectified and the development of suitable mental health premises, whether that be within a Primary Care Centre or via the upgrade of the Ladywell site, would be an appropriate starting point.
“I have written to Minister of State for Mental Health Helen McEntee to raise my concerns about the need for capital investment in Dundalk to service north Louth and I again urge her to visit Ladywell so that she can meet the staff there and help move this project forward.”