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An Taoiseach remarks on Suicide disgraceful and unacceptable

6 July, 2007

Ógra Shinn Féin National Organiser, Barry McColgan has said An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern comments regarding suicide are unacceptable and disgraceful.

Mr McColgan said,

"The comments made by Bertie Ahern are totally unacceptable. It also highlights the attitude of the Dublin government towards suicide. It is one of the highest killers of Irish youth. Indeed we in Ógra have been running with a campaign aimed at securing an all Ireland approach to the issue of suicide prevention. Instead of making light of the issue of suicide we would urge Bertie and his government to do more to prevent suicide.

"Suicide is the biggest killer of our young people, it is a National crisis which every party across Ireland, should be united in tackling. Suicide Prevention urgently demands added resources and funding. Interventions by Bertie of this kind are unwelcome, unacceptable and disgraceful.

"In our youth election manifesto we also proposed that there be increased provision of mental health facilities for young people, that the Mental Health Act 2001 be fully implemented and that the recommendations of the Government's Mental Health Expert as set out in their report A Vision For Change (2006) also be implemented. This could at least be a start for Bertie and his government to tackle this issue head on"


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