The Board of North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, at a meeting on Friday August 31st approved an application for grant aid from Pieta House for the establishment of a suicide prevention counselling service in Roscrea.
This decision will enable work to commence on the renovation of a property at Ballyhall, Roscrea, from which the new Service will be rolled out and is expected to be fully operational before the end of 2012. The Service will be available to people from all over North Tipperary, as well as serving clients from Offaly and Laois and represents Pieta House’s first foray in service delivery outside of its current locations of Dublin and Limerick.
The establishment of the Service in Roscrea is the culmination of almost two years of work involving the Community of Roscrea supported by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership and the HSE Primary Care Team in response to several tragic deaths in the town in recent years.
In welcoming the decision to support the establishment of this much needed service, Michael Murray, CEO, NTLP paid tribute to the late Dave Carter, Development Worker with NTLP who had worked tirelessly to support the Community Group in Roscrea in its work to ensure the establishment of the Pieta House service.
He said that it is significant that Roscrea and North Tipperary will be the first rural location of the Service which is located in Dublin and Limerick. Similarly John Lupton, Member of the NTLP Board, spoke at length about Dave Carter’s contribution to the achievement of this goal and remarked on the level of commitment shown by the Pieta House Group in the town which has collected 25,000 euro through fundraising events over the past ten months. This, he said, is a real example of what can be achieved by Community mobilisation around an issue such as suicide and advocacy by both voluntary and statutory groups to establish local services in response to local needs.
At a public meeting of the Pieta House Committee in August at which Joan Freeman, CEO of Pieta House was in attendance it was stated that the anticipated date for commencement of services in Roacrea is December 2012. The Service will offer free counselling services to those wishing to avail from all over North Tipperary