Colm Keaveney, Spokesperson for Mental Health & Special Needs

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Galway East


Lower Dublin Road,
Tuam, Co. Galway

093 24070



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Personal Details

Born Dunmore January 1971. Educated St. Jarlath's College, Tuam, Co. Galway. Public Representative. Trade Union organiser. First Elected 2011.

Local News

Keaveney calls for immediate action from NUIG following interview allegations

Galway East Deputy Colm Keaveney has called for an immediate statement from NUIG following disturbing allegations of highly inappropriate questions asked during a job interview process. Read More | Share

Neglect of mental health services for children continues - Keaveney

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health and Special Needs Colm Keaveney TD has said the government is continuing to neglect mental health services for children. Deputy Keaveney made the comments following the publication of the Children’s Rights Alliance ‘Report Card 2015’. The report details a litany of failures by the government regarding the provision of mental health services. Read More | Share

Fears for Mental Health Services grow as Minister fails to protect Budget – Keaveney

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health, Disability & Special Needs Colm Keaveney is accusing the Government of raiding the budget for mental health and re-directing the funds to other areas within the health service. This so called “ring-fenced” money has not been spent on mental health services, and could be diverted to alleviate other pressure points, such as the overcrowding or Fair Deal crises. Read More | Share

Maternity services at Portiuncula must be maintained and improved – Keaveney

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Colm Keaveney, has called for an investigation into the leaking of a report into maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, which was handed over to members of the media before the families at the centre of the investigation were contacted by management at the hospital. The report examines deficiencies at the hospital’s maternity unit following the deaths of two babies during childbirth, and a further five cases where babies were deprived of oxygen during delivery. Read More | Share

Minister Lynch must come clean on reason for Undercover Inspector back down – Keaveney

Speaking today following newspaper reports, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health, Disabilities and Special Needs, Colm Keaveney TD criticised the decision to abandon plans to use undercover inspectors to conduct spot checks in care homes. Read More | Share

Lack of Dáil debate on care home abuse revelations is disgraceful – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health, Disabilities and Special Needs Colm Keaveney has said the Government is doing a dis-service by not allow a debate in the Dáil today in light of the revelations of abuse of residents at a County Mayo care home for intellectually disabled adults. Read More | Share

20 Months Later and Mobility Allowance still not replaced – Keaveney

Minister breaks another promise to establish new schemes Read More | Share

Where is the Missing €15 million from Mental Health Budget? - Keaveney

Minister Lynch betrays mental health services by not restoring full mental health budget for 2015 Read More | Share

Keaveney Calls for Full Audit of All Deaths in Mental Health Services

Only 25% of deaths in care meet statutory reporting guidelines Read More | Share

Inclusion Ireland Report Highlights Crisis in Special Needs Sector – Keaveney

Over 15,000 children languishing on waiting lists for assessment Read More | Share

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Political Record

Current Spokesperson for Mental Health & Special Needs.

First Elected in the General Election of 2011.

Elected to Galway County Council 2004 and reelected in 2009.

Elected to Tuam Town Council in 1999.

Contested general elections in 1999 and 2007.