Local councillors Sean Kelly and Maeve Yore have expressed their anger and disappointment after the local Head of Mental Health Services turned down an invitation to attend a meeting in the local council chamber.
Ger McCormack, the current Interim General Manager of Mental Health Services for the Midlands, Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation, responded by letter to the invite stating that she had been advised a CHO meeting with members of the Dail and Seanad on a constituency basis at the end of October, will have addressed the issues.
The issue of mental health services has been a huge talking point in recent years with many families expressing anger at the lack of meaningful services available locally at Crosslanes, Drogheda. According to Fianna Fáil councillor Sean Kelly the fight to hold those accountable for the lack of meaningful mental health services will not end here.
“It’s absolutely shocking that the local Head of Mental Health Services has said that the issues have already been addressed in relation to services at Crosslanes and have chosen to ignore Louth County Council’s call to attend a meeting,” stated Sean. “These people need to be accountable and their actions transparent for the families and patients involved and refusing to meet us is proof that the opposite is the case. Myself and￼ my colleague Cllr Maeve Yore will continue to fight on this issue and have asked them again to come before us,” he added.
Independent Councillor Maeve Yore echoed those sentiments promising that they would continue to demand answers going forward.
Myself and Cllr Sean Kelly will continue to demand action & answers to mental health services in Louth. I have requested that Paul Reid, Chief Executive of HSE Ireland, be copied on the response we received (from the local head of Mental Health Services) and the follow up letter requesting an in camera meeting,” stated Cllr Yore.