On Thursday 19th May 2016, I was honoured to be asked by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. to serve as the new Minister for Mental Health and Older People.
I intend to work very closely with my senior Fine Gael colleague in the Department Minister Simon Harris T.D. and my colleague Ministers of State in providing political leadership on improving services for those suffering a mental health difficulty, as well as their families and carers, and giving a voice to service users in the design and implementation of their treatment and services.
The dignity, and the potential, of older people in our society must also be recognised and respected, as well as the huge voluntary work done by individuals and organisations in both sectors.
I welcome your feedback and ideas in these new areas of responsibility.