Grangegorman is in the north inner city, just over 1km from the city centre. It has a long history in serving the people of Dublin since the establishment of the Houses of Industry for the poor in the 1770’s. In 1810 the Governors of the House decided to build a separate institution to house mentally ill patients. The Richmond Asylum was opened to patients in 1814 and was designed by Francis Johnston, the foremost architect of the day.
Dr Browne, former chief psychiatrist of he Eastern Health Board, said the action is “making waves” in favour of patients who can no longer cope with mounting pressure. “ I am hearing people who are being hassled and who are being threatened that their homes will be repossessed,” “I am writing letters to the banks holding them personally responsible if this man commits suicide.” “Unless you can make them take personal responsibility, it is very difficult to get at them,” he said.