Jim Daly

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For decades, prison chaplains issued official reports complaining the system was being used as “a dumping ground” for individuals with psychiatric ill(...)

The largest number of patient delays occurred at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, above,  with 59 followed by the Mater where 52 patients stayed in hospital longer than necessary. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Almost 600 patients were delayed in being discharged from public and voluntary hospitals in June, resulting in the loss of close to 19,000 bed days, a(...)

A patient at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin was locked in seclusion for more than 71 days in 2018, according to the Mental Health Commission’s annual report. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A patient at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin was locked away in seclusion for more than 71 days last year, according to the Mental Health Commis(...)

Demand for home support services, or home help as it used to be known, has been growing rapidly as the population ages.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The cost of keeping elderly people in their own homes and away from acute hospitals and long-term nursing home care is being gradually shifted to the (...)

Fewer people are waiting for home help today than there were this day last year, Minister of State for Older People Jim Daly told the Dáil on Thursday. File photgraph: Eric Luke

Minister of State for Older People Jim Daly has insisted that there is no freeze on the provision of home help hours and no cuts in the allocation of (...)

Farm families claimed that a continuous contribution of the farm asset was discouraging children from continuing to run the farm, as the value of the asset was diminishing. Photograph: Getty Images

The State is to place a lower limit on the assets it can claim from elderly people who have farms or small businesses and are in the Fair Deal nursing(...)

Credit unions are limited to charging customers an interest rate of 1 per cent a month on their personal loans, thus ensuring access to loans at a reasonable rate. File photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is to proceed with plans to allow credit unions increase the cost of loans they offer their customers, months aft(...)

Peter Hughes, general secretary of the   PPsychiatric Nurses Association said the sector faced a staffing crisis. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The HSE faces a major challenge in finding sufficient staff to operate the new €140-million national forensic mental health service at Portrane in nor(...)

Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly secured the funding, separate from the HSE’s mental health budget, for community-based projects.Photograph: Eric Luke

A €3 million mental health fund to be launched next month will grant aid community organisations to help combat loneliness. Minister of State for Men(...)

Boards of management can play a big role when parents are in conflict with a principal over the treatment of their child. Photograph: iStock

The Ombudsman for Children, Niall Muldoon, isn’t given to flashy or attention-grabbing public pronouncements. Yet a line from his annual report i(...)

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