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Gerry Adams MP speaks out on suicides at unveiling of West Belfast mural

15 June, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, MP for West Belfast praised those responsible for a new mural on suicide awareness which he unveiled this morning in west Belfast.

Speaking today Mr Adams said:

"This initiative is significant for several reasons. It shows the anguish and anger within this community, especially amongst families directly affected by suicide. The abject failure of government Departments to take urgent strategic action to prevent suicide has to be challenged. This morning's initiative presents an important example of the way forward. The mural was produced by young people who undertook suicide awareness training to better equip themselves to deal with this problem.

"Together with those young people, with families directly affected and with the wider community, Sinn Féin is determined to promote an agenda for action on suicide. A crucial part of this will be the campaign for a suicide prevention strategy and an all-Ireland approach to this problem, which Sinn Féin will launch on 27th June in the Long Gallery at Stormont. I hope that the new direct rule Minister for Health and his counterpart in Dublin will respond with urgency to this campaign." ENDS

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