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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3


Topical Issue Debate - Mental Health Services

Before I begin, I would like to acknowledge the Minister of State’s strong personal commitments on the issues covered in her own brief.More Button

I would like to talk today about the cuts to community-based counselling services. They provide family therapy, counselling to youth work and marriage guidance and support to families in crisis. ...More Button

In recent months, these community-based services have received notice from the Family Support Agency that they will receive a funding cut of 12% this year, 12% next year and 12% the year after. Th...More Button

The Genesis counselling service in my own constituency of Dublin West was established in 1993, based on a needs assessment of the community. It is located in the Corduff, Mulhuddart and wider Dubl...More Button

I met the board of directors of Genesis counselling service a few weeks ago. The people on the board are not prone to histrionics or grandstanding. They are rooted in working class communities th...More Button

If families do not get access to support and assistance for young people experiencing difficulties, what will be the outcome? More young people will become involved in criminal activity. There wi...More Button

I implore those making these decisions not simply to look at a balance sheet. I appreciate the Minister for Finance may have other commitments, but it is a pity he was not able to stay to listen t...More Button

I know the Minister of State has a very strong track record on these issues over many years. I ask her, through her office, to bring any support she can to have these cuts reviewed.More Button

I agree that there is a need for value for money on every item of public expenditure and that the people we represent expect this. This is the annual report of the Genesis psychotherapy and family...More Button

International Agreements: Motion

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

International Co-operation: Motion

No IndicatorVoted No More Button