MTAS – Matt Talbot Adolescent Services


We deserve an explanation on why Cara Lodge is closing – 29 Sept 2020

Tusla did inspect the Cara Lodge facility on foot of a complaint and, in February 2019, the child and family agency ruled that no more teenagers should be admitted due to a number of management issues.

The ruling was later modified to allow the continued admittance of clients after a number of assurances were given. There have been two out-of-court settlements with former staff, one of whom was suspended on full pay for four years.

Complaint to Charities Regulator about spending at Cork addiction centre – “a number of allegations about mismanagement, including the expenditure of “a sum in excess of €400k with no benefit and to the detriment of our service users”. –

The chief executive of Matt Talbot Adolescent Services (MTAS) Patrick Relihan resigned with immediate effect this week.

  • The chair of the charity, former GAA president Christy Cooney (and ex Assistant Director FAS) yesterday informed some of the staff about Mr Relihan’s departure.10 June 2021
  • until 2020 Until last year it was in receipt of around €1.25m from the HSE annually.
  • In 2019, the HSE commissioned a review into MTAS’s operation but then refused to publish the final result. The reason for not doing so, according to a statement issued to the Irish Examiner  was that the HSE manager in charge “was not satisfied that the terms of reference of the review were fully adhered to and decided not to pursue the review any further”.

    Could it be that the reviewers found stuff that was unpalatable to the HSE?

  • 2020 October, the west Cork residential facility, based in Enniskeane, was closed with the loss of 18 jobs.

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