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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)

Pat Buckley TD calls for cross-party support for new Mental Health Committee4 March, 2019

Young people being failed by government inaction on mental health - Pat Buckley TD31 January, 2019

Government must prioritise new Mental Health Bill in 2019 - Pat Buckley TD15 January, 2019

Huge support for strike action by psychiatric nurses ‘puts ball in Government’s court’ – Buckley17 December, 2018

1,182 children waiting more than 4 months for speech and language therapy in Cork – Buckley13 December, 2018

Skype calls can't replace real clinics in mental health - Pat Buckley TD6 December, 2018

Minister misled Dáil on mental health budget - Pat Buckley TD19 October, 2018

€600 million budget hole stopping investment in Mental Health - Pat Buckley TD2 October, 2018

Pat Buckley TD calls for major investment in suicide prevention and wellness training10 September, 2018

Denial of water to mental health patients ‘inhumane and deeply concerning’ – Pat Buckley TD24 August, 2018

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