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Government must develop community intervention policy for suicides – Ó Laoghaire

23 November, 2016 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Speaking today in the Dáil, Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire raised the issue of multiple suicides in Cork with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The Cork South-Central TD called on the government to develop a policy and a standard approach for statutory bodies such as the HSE to coordinate a community response.

Deputy Ó Laoghaire said:

“Party leaders this morning raised the issue of the recent spate of suicides in Cork. The Taoiseach responded by outlining the supports that were provided in the aftermath.

“They were welcome and valuable, but ultimately were primarily the result of community initiative assisted by HSE staff and staff from other bodies. They had no blueprint to work off and no standard approach to putting in place a community response.

 “The community can be very proud of the admirable way in which it responded, but there was an absence of government guidance and policy on what response was required.

“There will be crises like this again in other parts of the country. The Government must develop a community intervention policy for suicides, providing a roadmap for how communities can react when situations like these darken their doorstep.

“I commend the strong and compassionate response offered by local residents, agencies and public representatives, but the government needs to play a bigger role in this.” 

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