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Disappointment as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil fail to support 24/7 crisis intervention services

6 October, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin All Ireland spokesperson on Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Mary Lou McDonald TD has expressed her disappointment at the failure of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the independents supporting the government to support the implementation of 24/7 crisis intervention services and a timeline to do so.

Deputy McDonald added:

“Last night Sinn Féin put before the Dáil a Private Members Motion on the provision of 24/7 crisis intervention services and a time line for the implementation of those services. This motion is a direct result of consultations I have held over the last number of months with a wide range of groups, families and individuals at the coalface of mental health issues and suicide prevention.

“This motion reflected their most urgent need and immediate concern. It was a very focused and considered motion.  I sought a cross-party commitment to 24/7 crisis intervention services, an implementation plan and the delivery of the plan.

“I recognise that without the full implementation of Vision for Change much is left to be done.  But we have to start somewhere.

“Today Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and those independents who are supporting the government had an opportunity to take that first step and vote for a motion that went beyond generalised commitments and aspirations.

“They could and should have supported the implementation of the services that organisations like Mental Health reform are crying out for us to put in place.  Action is needed now and not just words because the absence of these services will cost lives.

“Today Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the independents who support the government have failed these people.”


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