Fine Gael TD objects to mental health centre as it may attract ‘undesirables’ seeking to rob it

Bernard Durkan was one of several to oppose the development of a proposed mental health centre in Ardclough, Co Kildare

Durkan, a Fine Gael TD in North Kildare since 1997, said the Kyrie Therapeutic Farm ‘might be vulnerable from a security perspective’. Picture:

A government TD has opposed the development of a new mental health facility in Co Kildare on the grounds that it could attract “undesirables” intent on robbing the premises.

Bernard Durkan is one of several objectors to a planning application lodged by Kyrie Therapeutic Farm, a charity which wants to build a step-down mental health facility outside Ardclough, designed to help people recover from mental or emotional trauma.

James Lawless, a local Fianna Fáil TD, ...