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Pat Buckley TD

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Constituency: Cork East

Pat is married with two children and was born and raised in East Cork. 

Pat got involved in campaigning as a mental health rights activist following a personal experience of family tragedy through suicide. He has been involved in a range of local groups including as PRO for the Let’s Get Together Foundation, a non-profit suicide prevention group whose work contributed to a dramatic fall in the suicide rate in East Cork after its establishment.

He was first elected as a TD in 2011 and served as the party's spokesperson on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention until 2016. He works closely with national and local community to groups to ensure better funding and policy on mental health.

He has published legislation and motions which have been debated in the Dáil on patients rights, mental health funding, road safety and suicide prevention training along with many local issues.

Pat is a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Public Petitions and has sat on Oireachtas Committees on the topics of health and mental health in the past. He contributed to the development of the Sláintecare document and the Future of Mental Health Care Report through his committee work.

He understands the problems facing people locally from students, renters, workers, people with disabilities, the LGBT community, small businesses and small farmers, to the struggles of young families’ trying to make ends meet and keep a roof over their heads. He also understand that the solution to these problems is to invest in communities and our future, prioritising people instead of developers, corporations or the wealthy.

Pat will work to deliver a fair, prosperous and united Ireland where all children are cherished equally.

Content Details

Constituency Office: 2 The Crescent, Millbrook, Mill Rd Midleton Co Cork.

Tel:0214639551

Leinster House: Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 

Tel: 01 618 3062

Statements (121)

Online resources important but community mental health still needs major investment - Pat Buckley TD1 June, 2020

Minister refusing to publish mental health review – Pat Buckley TD20 May, 2020

Minister Harris must publish and implement refreshed 'Vision for Change' report into Mental Health – Pat Buckley TD19 May, 2020

Pat Buckley TD demands a permanent Mental Health Committee18 May, 2020

Government must address Pieta House redundancies – Pat Buckley TD5 May, 2020

Pitiful mental health funding is an insult to those in need - Pat Buckley TD8 October, 2019

One third of all CAMHS beds empty due to lack of staff - Pat Buckley TD18 September, 2019

Financial crisis could close Cobh Hospital in 5 weeks if Harris doesn't act - Pat Buckley TD27 August, 2019

748 children waiting over 6 months for mental health care - Pat Buckley TD15 August, 2019

Dáil vote demands Mental Health action from government – Buckley4 July, 2019

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