Ireland Loses A Champion For Human Rights – Last Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 14:00

Death of controversial psychiatrist


The death has taken place of the controversial psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr Michael Corry, who caused anger last year over comments he made about the dangers of antidepressants. He was aged 60.

Dr Corry was reported to the Medical Council following an appearance on the Late Late Show in October 2009 in which he said side effects from antidepressants could tip somebody into suicidal behaviour and homicidal behaviour.

He was speaking following the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Sebastian Creane by Shane Clancy in Bray, Co Wicklow last August. On the show, Clancy’s mother and stepfather alleged that antidepressants had caused him to stab three people and then himself.

Dr Corry was heavily criticised for his comments on the show and a formal complaint was made by senior psychiatrist Professor Timothy Dinan of University College, Cork, to the Medical Council accusing him of “publicity seeking of an appalling kind.”

Dr Corry, a co-founder of the Institute of Psychosocial Medicine in Dun Laoghaire and of the privately-funded Clane Hospital in Co Kildare, also established the Wellbeing Foundation, an organisation which campaigns for psychiatric patients’ rights.

He was a long-term campaigner for the abolition of electro convulsive therapy (ECT) and in 2008 led a campaign to introduce a private members Bill in the Seanad which would prohibit the involuntary administration of ECT to patients without their informed consent.

Dr Corry died at his home in Claravale Co Wicklow on Monday following a short illness. He is survived by his partner Áine, children Louise, Amelia and Julian, their mother Anne, his brothers Martin and John, and sisters Anne and Sr. Premula,

His funeral service will take place at the Victorian Chapel at Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross in Dublin at 2.30pm tomorrow.