The Government has been urged to immediately address the serious problem of mental health and depression in Ireland by Nenagh-based local election candidate Gerry McInerney.
The Independent candidate pointed out that North Tipperary had the third highest suicide rate in Ireland and warned that in every city, town and village and most of all rural areas, the problem of mental health is an issue of serious concern.
In 2013, the Government allocated E45m to mental health, but in 2014 this has been reduced to E30m, a reduction of 30 per cent, he pointed out, questioning their policy on mental health and social reform.
Mr Mcinerney praised local organisations and communities that play the strongest role to those in need. In Nenagh, he singled out the contribution that Arás Folláin and the Nenagh Eire Og Healthy Club initiative are making.
Mr McInerney, a candidate in the Nenagh MDC area, said that he was determined to work at local level with young people, schools and local organisations to ensure help is available.