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“Minister must apologise for ‘written in blood’ comment,” McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on Minister of State Kathleen Lynch to apologise to the people of South Tipperary for remarks she made during the process of removing St. Michael's Acute Psychiatric services in Clonmel. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the hurt the comment caused was raised several times in emotional interventions by service users during the Vincent Browne People's Debate in Tipperary:

“The fact that Minister Lynch characterised the retraction of psychiatric services from South Tipperary as a decision ‘written not in stone but in blood' was met with disgust and disbelief on the part of the delegation from County Tipperary.

I simply could not believe my ears and asked her to withdraw it; but she simply brushed the issue aside.

Since then however the Minister's statement has proved disturbingly prophetic given the number of suicides the county has seen as a direct result of the shambolic mental infrastructure that we have been left with.

I am appealing to the Minister to not only apologise for this remark but more importantly to explicitly recommit to her promise in 2012 that there would be a minimal allocation of full time beds for psychiatric service users in South Tipperary; a promise that never materialised,” concluded Deputy McGrath.