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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

Minister needs to act not react on mental health crisis – Keaveney

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health Colm Keaveney says the Government’s latest initiative aimed at tackling suicide is not sufficiently clear in its targets and will be massively underfunded. With at least 500 people taking their own lives in 2012, and indications that these figures have remained high in recent years, Deputy Keaveney is calling for a clear, co-ordinated action plan, which addresses mental health issues at a community as well as national level. Read More | Share

Mental Health Commission Annual Report cause for concern – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health Colm Keaveney has said the annual report of the Mental Health Commission must be a wake-up call to the government. Read More | Share

Damning HIQA report highlights serious Government failures in disability services– FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability, Colm Keaveney is accusing Minister Kathleen Lynch of a complete failure of leadership following another damning HIQA report into a residential facility, this time in Co. Louth. The report into services at St. John of God in Drumcar found that residents are not getting the care they deserve, and in some cases are being placed at unacceptable risk. Read More | Share

Keaveney condemns Minister’s hands-off approach on staffing issues at UHG

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health Colm Keaveney has called on Minister Kathleen Lynch to explain why University Hospital Galway is the only major acute admission centre in the country with no guarantee on staff numbers. His comments come as psychiatric nurses at the hospital begin industrial action over their concerns about staffing levels at the unit. Read More | Share

Minister must intervene to resolve staffing crisis at CUH psychiatric unit – Keaveney

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health Colm Keaveney TD has called on Minister Kathleen Lynch to urgently intervene in the ongoing stalemate between the HSE and nurses at the new psychiatric unit at Cork University Hospital. It comes following a decision by the Psychiatric Nurses Association to reject LRC proposals on staffing. Read More | Share

Keaveney rubbishes Lynch’s excuses on scale of vacancies in mental health posts

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

Keaveney calls for investigation into suspension of healthcare worker

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health Colm Keaveney TD has called for an independent investigation into the suspension of a psychiatric nurse after he publicly raised concerns about a new psychiatric unit in Cork. Des McSweeney, who is a SIPTU shop steward, was reprimanded after he gave a number of media interviews criticising proposed staffing levels at the new unit. Read More | Share

Mental Health funding goes unspent as Govt announces under 6s GP deal – Keaveney

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health Colm Keaveney TD says the Government is raiding the budget for mental health to put towards other services in the health sector, including the provision of free GP care for the under 6s. The Galway East TD has accused the Health Minister of failing the most vulnerable children in our society in favour of a catch-all plan, which ultimately paves the way for compulsory health insurance. Read More | Share

Govt failing vulnerable children with major regional gaps in early intervention services – Keaveney

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health, Disability & Special Needs Colm Keaveney says children with disabilities are losing out on essential early intervention services because of where they live. New figures, released to the Galway East Deputy reveal that certain parts of the country have no Early Intervention Teams at all, despite the fact that almost 1,200 children are waiting for an appointment. Read More | Share

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

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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.