FINE Gael’s Cllr Conor Delaney is to call a public meeting in Nenagh to discuss the effect of suicide levels on families in North Tipperary. Cllr Delaney revealed his intention after he backed a call from Wexford Borough Council before Nenagh Town Council that the Minister for Health, James Reilly, allocate extra fuding for mental health services specifically to deal with suicide prevention.
Backing the call at the March meeting of Nenagh Town Council, Cllr Delaney said that nearly everyone in the council chamber either knew of or was related to someone that this issue had effected.
He said that “for far too long in Ireland suicide had been a taboo issue that no-one wanted to talk about”.
The town councillor went on to say that suicide was an issue that in recent times had gained momentum and was “becoming common the length and breadth of the country as a means to an end”.
With all the cutbacks the country was currently experiencing, this was one issue that additional funding was needed for, he said, urging Nenagh Town Council to support the motion.Following the meeting, Cllr Delaney told the Tipperary Star: “In the cold light of day, and upon further research I have done in the area, I have decided to hold a meeting to discuss this issue further and the effect and impact it has had on families in North Tipperary.”