21 May 2013

Fitzgerald Opens New Local Counselling Service for Children and Teens

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald this week launched a new child and adolescent service run by Clondalkin woman Catriona Kearns. The service based in the Village Counselling Service in Killinarden was opened on the twentieth anniversary of the tragic murder-suicide of the Gorman family in Saggart. The new therapy room has been dedicated to the memory of Sarah-Jane who died under tragic circumstances at eight years of age.
 
“It is so heartening to see such this proactive and positive initiative opening its doors to children and teenagers in the wider Tallaght area. The provision of good quality mental health care for young people has been a key priority for me and I have no doubt that this service will make a crucial difference to thousands of families,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald. 

“I want to commend the fantastic staff including Marcella Finnerty and Catriona Kearns from Clondalkin and all the volunteers who make this service possible. All volunteers receive intensive training from the staff of the Centre and their time and expertise volunteered means that there is an accessible and professional service available to anyone who needs it in the Tallaght and Greater Dublin area. It is vital that services are accessible when people need them most and with no waiting lists and late night and Saturday appointments available,” concluded Minister Frances Fitzgerald. 

The Village Counselling service and appointments are available Monday to Friday from 8am to 10pm and Saturdays from 8am to 8pm.