Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (221)

Dan Neville

Question:

301 Mr. Neville asked the Minister for Health and Children the role and functions of Coovagh House on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Limerick; and the number of young people at present undergoing treatment at the centre. [6650/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

Coovagh House is a five-place special care unit operated by the Mid-Western Health Board catering for boys aged 11 to 17 years which provides residential, educational and therapeutic supports in a secure setting for a small number of non-offending children in need of special care or protection. The unit, which opened late last year, caters for children from the Mid-Western, Southern and South Eastern Health Boards. The Mid-Western Health Board has informed me that the unit is opening on a phased basis and that, with current staffing resources, there are two places available, of which one is occupied at present. There are no applications for admission to the unit.