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Seanad: Order of Business (14 Nov 2018)

“Last year €10 million was spent on counselling and talk therapy in comparison with €400 million spent on anti-depressants. We have seen a significant increase in the use of anti-depressants in this country, with one in ten people being prescribed them, not necessarily because they are depressed but because 80% of general practitioners who are the first stop in terms of primary...”

Seanad: Order of Business (6 Nov 2018)

“It is nice to be back. I thank my Seanad colleagues for some of the lovely messages of support during the recent presidential election. Besides encountering incredible community initiatives around the country during the campaign, the night before the election, my family presented with me with a medallion, on the back of which was inscribed, "Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the...”

Seanad: Order of Business (6 Nov 2018)

“That is why I was so delighted I had the opportunity to run in the presidential election. I was also proud to have brought the issue of mental health to the fore of the national conversation during this period. This is an issue on which I have worked for decades and one which could not be closer to my heart. I look forward to continuing this work in the House. I will never tire of...”

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  • Has spoken in 14 committee discussions and Dáil debates in the last year — well below average among Senators.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "public-private partnership") 30 times in debates — well below average among Senators.
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