SENATOR John Gilroy has been appointed Rapporteur on Suicide Prevention which requires him to bring a report before the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Health and Children. For the past several months he has been consulting with the professional and voluntary sectors who work in this area.
Speaking in the Seanad Senator Gilroy said, “I feel it is now time to extend this programme of consultation to members of the general public. I think it is important for us as politicians to hear what people have to say about this issue. Perhaps by listening we can gain some important insights.
“I am proposing that this process of consultation will be as wide as possible. I propose to hold a series of public meetings to which members of the public will be invited to express their opinions on this issue. At least one of these meetings will take place in each county over the coming months. I am seeking the assistance of members of the Seanad in a non-party political way to facilitate this.
“Already I have booked some venues in consultation with some Senators for the month of June and July and hope to roll it out further.”