Susan Finnerty

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A Garda member has been suspended from duty pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations that he was intoxicated when he crashed his Garda vehicle in Dublin at the weekend. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A Garda member has been suspended from duty pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations that he was intoxicated when he crashed in Dublin(...)

  People with mental health issues often have their medication stolen by other prisoners. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mentally ill people who commit crimes in Ireland are being jailed because it is the “only option” available, but their lives in prison are “stark” wit(...)

The Central Mental Hospital is due to move from its current location in Dundrum, Dublin, to a new building in Portrane in north Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The new and much larger Central Mental Hospital would be full before long because so many mentally ill people were being criminalised and sent to pri(...)

For the first time the largest proportion of applications from the community to have people involuntarily detained under the 2001 Mental Health Act came from gardaí. Photograph: Eric Luke

A third of applications to have people detained against their will in mental health facilities came from gardaí last year – a situation described as “(...)

In one centre visited that year, inspectors found bins overflowing and thick cobwebs on the ceiling. Photograph: iStock

Many residents in mental health facilities are living in cramped and dirty rooms, with the unsuitable conditions a result of “years of neglect”, accor(...)

The watchdog says there are currently 1.2 dedicated acute mental health beds for every 100,000 older people in the country. Photograph: iStock

Older people in Ireland are suffering a mental health “perfect storm” stirred up by the pandemic and an alarming dearth of services, the State’s menta(...)

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(...)

People with mental health problems often end up at A&E seeking help, but this is not an appropriate environment. That is like sending someone having a heart attack to run around in a gym. Photograph: iStock

Citizens are encouraged to talk and to seek help for mental health. When they do, they need to get it. Recently, a national 24-hour mental health phon(...)

The inspection report states that during administration of ECT for one patient, during which small electric currents are passed through the brain, written consent was not obtained for the eighth and ninth treatment session at the hospital.

A mental health centre in Co Laois carried out electro-compulsive therapy (ECT) on a patient without obtaining proper consent, constituting a breach o(...)

Dr Susan Finnerty, inspector of mental health services, said children should only be admitted to an adult service “in exceptional circumstances”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Children continue to be admitted to adult mental health units despite a lack of age-appropriate facilities, according to the Mental Health Commission.(...)

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