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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)

Closure of referrals to Cork CAMHS is 'shocking indictment of system' - Pat Buckley TD23 August, 2018

Commission report outlines governments neglect of Mental Health - Pat Buckley TD25 July, 2018

15% increase in CAMHS waiting lists putting young at grave risk - Pat Buckley TD27 June, 2018

Varadkar's first year oversaw more chaos and crisis in mental health services - Pat Buckley TD14 June, 2018

Sinn Féin publish Suicide Prevention & Training Bill – Pat Buckley TD6 June, 2018

Buckley calls for restoration of vision screening for school children17 May, 2018

Buckley welcomes move to resolve constitutional issue for mental health patients16 May, 2018

Buckley apologises for Public Order Offence11 May, 2018

Unconstitutional Mental Health Act must be reformed immediately - Pat Buckley TD10 May, 2018

Staffing and capacity issues hurting patients in mental health units - Pat Buckley TD3 May, 2018

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