A proposal to build a world-class mental health facility as an alternative to the controversial Maze peace centre will be debated today in the Assembly.
The motion has been proposed by Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt and party colleague Roy Beggs.
At the UUP annual conference last month, Mr Nesbitt told delegates the centre of excellence could address the Province’s high rate of post-traumatic stress disorder. He also said it could be built on an alternative site to the Maze for much less than the £18 million set aside – and later withdrawn – for the Maze/Long Kesh centre.
The motion calls for the Assembly to recognise the high prevalence of poor mental health in Northern Ireland and that “violence has been a distinctive cause”. It also: “Acknowledges that trauma is one of the most hidden legacy issues of the Troubles; accepts the need to support and restore good mental health for people with difficulties; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to support the creation of a new International Mental Health Centre for Northern Ireland that would be a world-class facility for all.”
It is not yet clear if the motion will receive cross-party support.