“The commission noted that there were significant geographic disparities in the ability to commence and complete the mass testing of staff and residents.”  File photograph: Getty

The Covid-19 testing strategy in the State’s mental health facilities is “inconsistent and untimely”, while dormitory-style accommodation was a factor(...)

Mental health service users  in long-term residential units may be particularly susceptible to developing Covid-19 because of pre-existing medical conditions and other factors. Photograph: Istock

Mental health services across the State have been urged to show they can identify and manage risks related to the progression of Covid-19, the chief e(...)

 A protester is detained  during an anti-lockdown and anti-facemask protest outside the Custom House over the weekend. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A senior counsel appointed to the Mental Health Tribunal, which decides on the detention of mentally ill patients, is facing scrutiny over her appeara(...)

Prof Brendan Doody at Cherry Orchard Hospital’s Linn Dara inpatient CAMHS unit. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

When a father testifies in court that no bed was available in a psychiatric unit for his mentally ill 15-year-old son, who then went on to try to murd(...)

Covid pandemic has had ‘extraordinary impact on the mental health and quality of life of the Irish people’

Urgent action is needed to prepare for a possible second wave of coronavirus infections in mental health residential settings, the chief executive of (...)

People taking part in Darkness Into Light, in aid of Pieta House, in Skerries, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland is facing a “tsunami” of mental health problems due to the coronavirus pandemic, with early indications showing an increase in suicide and sel(...)

Delays in testing lead to knock-on delays in contact tracing, and this means cases will be missed and the virus will continue spreading. Photograph:  Reuters/ Lindsey Wasson

Months into this crisis, continuing delays around the testing and contract tracing processes threaten to derail the planned loosening up of restrictio(...)

According to Mental Health Commission chief executive John Farrelly,   the timeframes for staff testing are not acceptable. Photograph: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) has criticised “unacceptable” delays in Covid-19 testing of staff in mental health units. The commission says ther(...)

The Mental Health Commission is concerned about ‘significant inconsistencies’ in the application of guidance relating to the testing of mental health staff. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

The Mental Health Commission is concerned about “significant inconsistencies” in the application of guidance relating to the testing of mental health (...)

The Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin. It is the State’s only facility for holding and treating severely mentally ill people who have committed serious crimes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has fast-tracked the opening of the new Central Mental Hospital in north Dublin to allow for the isolation of patients displaying Covid(...)

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