John Farrelly

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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 “(...)

Almost 2,700 cases of Covid-19 have occurred in mental health units in the State during the pandemic.

Urgent investment is needed in mental health facilities to protect against further surges of Covid-19 or other pandemics, according to the Mental Hea(...)

MHC chief executive John Farrelly says: ‘Maintaining close linkages with friends, family and their community during their illness contributes to a reduction in stigmatisation of patients.’ File photograph: iStock

The practice of sending people with serious mental illness 50km away from their homes for inpatient treatment has been criticised by the head of the (...)

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(...)

A file image of the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin which Mental Health Commission chief John Farrelly said would  move to Portrane in north county Dublin in early 2021. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The head of the Mental Health Commission has expressed concern about people, who are not properly trained or qualified, trying to support people onlin(...)

The number of residents with confirmed cases of the virus also increased in the first two weeks of the year from 15 to 61. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of mental health facilities that have reported suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 has more than tripled in the first two weeks of the(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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