Thursday, 21 May 2020
Covid-19 (Health): Statements
Simon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
I offer my sincere sympathy to the Deputy for the loss his community is feeling because of people losing their lives to suicide. The Deputy is entirely right to put on the record of this House that it is okay not to feel okay and that there are supports available. I direct people to yourmentalhealth.iefor a range of good information and supports.
I am in favour of the suggestion of a special sitting of the Dáil on mental health. It is not a matter for me but it is a good idea and it is a matter for the Business Committee.
On Dealgan House, I have heard some of the stories through the public forum of families and they are heartbreaking situations. My thoughts are with them all. I understand HIQA is to carry out an inspection and that will form the basis for any further actions that may be required.
I will write to the Deputy and other Louth Deputies on the RCSI Hospital Group and its ongoing involvement as well as on making a patient advocacy service available for people in the community.