Local Fianna Fail Councillor, Charlie O’Connor has said that the official opening of the Russell Centre Primary Care unit in Tallaght marks a step in the right direction towards delivering efficient healthcare to the people of South County Dublin.

O’Connor, who is one of the party’s General Election Candidates in Dublin South West, has been consistently raising the need for these services at the Dublin Mid-Leinster Regional Health Forum over the past three years.

Commenting following Friday’s opening he said, “The newly opened Primary Care Centre at Tallaght Cross encountered many delays over the years that it was in the pipeline but I am thrilled for all those who were dedicated to its development that it’s finally here.

“Its official opening is in my view down to the hard work and commitment of the six local GP’s and in particular Dr. Tom O’Dowd who never relented on his vision for primary care in Tallaght.

“This centre serves a community of almost 90,000 people and has changed how most in the area receive essential care such as Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Physiotherapy.

“Fianna Fáil is committed to enhancing public health nationwide and the provision of accessible primary healthcare services is central to that ambition.

“We must continue to push for similar facilities to be delivered elsewhere across South Dublin to ensure people of all ages, demographics and background can avail of a wide range services in a community setting,” he concluded.”