November 7, 2008

Millions surrendered from mental health properties

By Dara Gantly

Three mental health properties worth nearly €8.5 million have been sold since the publication of the mental health strategy ‘A Vision for Change’ in January 2006, with all proceeds having been surrendered to the Exchequer.

The total funds from the sale of Verville Retreat, Clontarf (€6,310,561), 30 Mount Pleasant Square (€1,331,703) and Adare House, 227 North Circular Road, Dublin 1 (€776,000) amount to €8.4 million. However, to date none of this has been reclaimed to fund developments.

According to the HSE, the Exchequer has agreed to release a total of €36 million in funds to the Executive to reinvest in mental health developments.

“The sum represents part of all of the proceeds of the sale of lands surrendered to the Exchequer since the formation of the HSE,” Brian Gilroy, HSE National Director of Estates, informed Labour TD Mr Emmet Stagg.

Responding to the Deputy’s parliamentary question, Mr Gilroy stated that a submission would be made to the Department of Health and the Department of Finance within the next few months detailing the projects to be funded from this source and requesting that funding be released.