Alcohol Consumption

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Fianna Fail Bill – Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Fund Bill 2014] Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit. I was just doing a quick mental inventory of the number of people I know personally who have taken their lives over the years, and I could make … Continue reading

Health issues related to cancer

[Speaking in the Seanad on the report of the Seanad Public Consultation Committee: ” How lifestyle changes can help reduce cancer rates”] I must admit I knew very little about the fact that this process was taking place or the consultations it involved. Consequently, I am approaching it as something of an ingenue. That said, … Continue reading

Regulation of Lobbyists

Speaking in the Seanad on the Register of Lobbyists Legislation: motion (Link to text of motion: http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2013062600019?opendocument#U00100 ) I am pleased this motion has been introduced. It does not require amendment and deserves our support. I am not sure if it was inspired by events several weeks ago when it was reported that a high … Continue reading

Alcohol Consumption

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I welcome the Minister of State. I have a particular interest in health issues. I look forward to working with him in the years to come. I do not think the Government’s thinking, as set out in its strategy, goes far enough. It is time for a little radicalism in its approach. Like most people … Continue reading

Suicide Prevention

I am 54 years old and personally knew 14 people who committed suicide, including nine health care professionals and people who in some cases were known to suffer from mental illness. This is clearly a major problem and anybody who does this sad calculation will realise a considerable proportion of the people they know have … Continue reading

Suicide Prevention

I thank the Minister of State for turning her attention and considerable skills to this troubling area. I am 54 years old and personally knew 14 people who committed suicide, including nine health care professionals and people who in some cases were known to suffer from mental illness. This is clearly a major problem and … Continue reading

Alcohol Consumption and Pricing

An interesting exercise occurred last week. We were in a session of the Joint Committee on Health and Children with representatives of the alcohol industry and also representatives of Alcohol Action Ireland who were concerned about the toll alcohol takes of our society. An illustrative point was to ask what would their attitude be to … Continue reading

Discussion of ‘A Vision for Change’ (mental health document)

I did a very sad mental inventory and I could think immediately of eight medical students, doctors or nurses I knew over the years who had taken their own lives. I knew many other patients and acquaintances who, when confronted with very bad news, had made similar decisions. These are the dramatic cases but at … Continue reading