Around 60 people from the mental health sector gathered outside Government Buildings this afternoon to protest against any potential cuts to their services.

The protest was organised by the group Mental Health Reform and its 26-member organisation.

They are concerned that some of the €35m allocated for community mental services in 2012 will be redirected elsewhere.

Among other things, the money was meant to pay for 414 new posts for professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

The group said that to date none of the appointments have been made.

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch, who is responsible for the areas disability and mental health, said the Government remains committed to the recruitments.

She said offers have been put to 321 candidates and most start dates are expected in December, which will allow for the process of checking references and gaining garda clearance.