Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Ceisteanna (221)

Dan Neville


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]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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.