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Colm Keaveney, Spokesperson for Mental Health & Special Needs

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Galway East

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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

Govt continues to sidestep children’s mental health crisis – Keaveney

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health Colm Keaveney TD has called on Minister Kathleen Lynch to provide a date for the HSE to cease the practice of admitting children to adult wards. He described the Government’s failure to provide adequate mental health care for children as “utterly appalling” following a report by the Children’s Mental Health Coalition, which revealed increasing waiting lists and times for children requiring mental health appointments and treatment. Read More | Share

FF calls for a ban on Electro-Convulsive Therapy without consent

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health Colm Keaveney has expressed alarm at the surge in cases where Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) has been used against a patient’s will. Read More | Share

FF rubbishes HSE excuses for failure to fill mental health posts

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health, Disability & Special Needs Colm Keaveney has rubbished the HSE’s excuses for severe delays in filling frontline mental health posts. Read More | Share

Failure to attend WHO Dementia Conference exposes skewed priorities – FF

The Government has done a significant disservice to the Irish health system by failing to send a single representative to the first WHO Ministerial Conference on Dementia, according to Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Disability, Mental Health and Special Needs Colm Keaveney TD. Read More | Share

Govt utterly failing in its commitments on mental health – Keaveney

Fianna Fáil has accused the Government of failing utterly in its commitments on mental health, as new figures show that 3,000 vulnerable children are currently waiting for mental health services. Read More | Share

Motor tax money being used to prop up Irish Water while roads remain impassable

Galway East Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has said that motor tax paid by residents in Galway is being used to prop up Irish Water at a time when many roads in the county remain impassable due to snow and ice. Deputy Keaveney says it is unacceptable that motor tax money is being used to fund the super quango instead of going towards treating the road network to keep it open during wintry weather. Read More | Share

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

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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.