A local TD has expressed his concern that Jigsaw locally in Dublin South West has suspended accepting new referrals. This is in light of several staff leaving the service for various reasons at the same time. Mark Ward T.D. has spoken with Jigsaw and has contacted the Minister for Mental Health calling for immediate resources to be put in place so the new referrals can be accepted.
Teachta Ward commented “I met with Jigsaw recently who informed me of the decision to temporarily suspend accepting new referrals. “I have since had contact from a number of services in the Clondalkin area who are really concerned about this development.“Peoples mental health has been adversely affected during the pandemic, but children have had their own issues to manage. “Loss of schooling, sports , peer supports and even their ability to socialise with friends have impacted on their mental health.
The local Dublin Mid West TD continued “To hear that Jigsaw cannot take new referral in my area is very worrying. “During the meeting I had with them it was disclosed that the reason for doing this is that Jigsaw’s service in Dublin South West, is currently experiencing an exceptional operational challenge due a number of staff transitions. “This is another body blow to the people of Clondalkin who seen the permanent service located in Moorfield relocated to Tallaght despite a very vigorous campaign to keep it in the area. “I have contacted the Minister and asked for immediate resources to be put in place so the new referrals can be accepted.