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Pat Buckley TD


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.


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

Tel: 01 618 3062

Statements (121)

Failures in services damaging mental health care - Pat Buckley TD2 July, 2019

Buckley welcomes new rent rules in Cork, but more needed2 July, 2019

Mental Health Report ‘an indictment of failing system’ – Buckley20 June, 2019

Maternal mental health needs to be at heart of care - Pat Buckley TD19 June, 2019

Liadh Ní Riada puts equality and rights at the heart of her work in EU – Buckley20 May, 2019

Sinn Féin welcomes plans for permanent Oireachtas Mental Health Committee - Pat Buckely TD, Senator Devine7 May, 2019

Cork children still in limbo after 10 month CAMHS referral freeze – Buckley2 May, 2019

Cork once again playing second fiddle on infrastructure investment - Pat Buckley TD26 April, 2019

Hundreds of children waiting over 3 months for mental health assessment in Cork - Pat Buckley TD11 April, 2019

HSE cutting Cork waiting lists with disgraceful numbers fiddle - Pat Buckley TD5 April, 2019

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