A monthly medical clinic, conducted by Dr Cathal Berry TD, has been established in Brú na bhFiann, the largest hostel operated by ONE (Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel) for homeless veterans.
Dr Berry, who is now a TD representing Kildare South in Dáil Éireann, is a veteran of the Irish Defence Forces. He served in the elite Army Ranger Wing before qualifying as a medical doctor and becoming the head of the Military Medical School in the Defence Forces Training Centre at the Curragh Camp. He deployed overseas five times, with NATO in Kosovo, the EU in Chad and the UN in the Middle East (Lebanon).
The clinic, which opened in October 2020, is proving to be a great success, and Cathal now aims to bring a second volunteer doctor to the clinic.ONE is currently looking for Veteran Medical Officers who wish to provide a similar service in their homes in Athlone and Letterkenny and, going forward, in their planned hostels in Cobh (currently under construction) and in Cork City.
Members of ARCO (Association of Retired Commissioned Officers) who are interested in becoming involved should contact Ollie O’Connor, CEO of ONE, at 087-2336643.For further details visit www.one-veterans.org/blog/medical-clinic-for-homeless-veterans/