Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare North Frank O’Rourke says he is concerned about the lack of progress made in appointing a new primary care psychologist in the county.

Deputy O’Rourke made the comments after raising the issue in the Dáil with Tánaiste Francis Fitzgerald. The Fianna Fáil TD pointed out that Kildare North has been left without a primary care psychologist for a number of months.

“The presence of a primary care psychologist on the ground in local communities is vital for ensuring we have a properly functioning mental health service. They provide an invaluable service by assisting people in managing their mental health and promote psychological well-being,” explained Deputy O’Rourke.

“It’s inexcusable that a key position in our mental health services team in north Kildare has been left vacant for so long. The need for properly staffed mental health services has never been greater. On one hand the Government is encouraging people to avail of mental health services but on the other they are failing to provide the necessary resources for mental health teams.

“I raised this matter in the Dáil directly with the Tánaiste Francis Fitzgerald. I highlighted the urgency of the situation and called on the Government to appoint a primary care psychologist without delay. Fine Gael committed to full implementation of the ‘A Vision for Change’ mental health policy, it’s time they started to deliver on this commitment.

“There has been significant under investment in mental health services in recent years and this practice must change. I will continue to pursue this matter with the Government to ensure our mental health services are fully staffed and adequately resourced,” concluded Deputy O’Rourke.