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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The HSE has apologized in court for the treatment of a young man who committed suicide two years ago after leaving a mental health unit at Galway University Hospital .

Today’s Irish Examiner reports that Jamie Costello, a 25-year-old student from Galway, was only supposed to leave the Adult Acute Mental Health Unit in the company of his family or medical professionals.

Jamie’s parents Dr Alan and Denise Costello have said they are hopeful that no other family would have to go through a similar experience.

Although he is a volunteer patient, the clinician in charge of Jamie Costello’s case has indicated that he should not leave the unit unless he is accompanied by a family member or an occupational therapist.

However, Mr. Costello left the facility three times over a two-week period in September and October 2019.

On the third occasion, on October 1, he committed suicide and his body was found in the water of the Cliffs of Moher the next day.

Today in the High Court, a letter of apology from the CEO of Mental Health Services Community Healthcare West, Steve Jackson, was read in the High Court.

On behalf of Galway Roscommon Mental Health Services, he wholeheartedly apologized to the family for the quality of care given to Jamie Costello.

The letter accepted that an apology could not reverse the profound effect the loss had on the lives of the family and all those devastated by what had happened.

Costello family attorney Jonathan Kilfeather SC told the court that three nervous shock actions taken by family members and one following his death had been settled.

The terms of the settlement are confidential.

Outside of court, Costello family attorney Damien Tansey noted the family has yet to face the investigation and said he hopes lessons will be learned from this unspeakable tragedy.


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