Written answers

Thursday, 6 October 2005

Department of Health and Children

Departmental Offices

5:00 pm

Photo of Dan NevilleDan Neville (Limerick West, Fine Gael)
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Question 133: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the role, functions, duties and budget of the National Office for Suicide Prevention. [27224/05]

Tim O'Malley (Minister of State, Department of Health and Children; Limerick East, Progressive Democrats)
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The National Office for Suicide Prevention was established by the Health Service Executive following the publication of the national strategy for action on suicide prevention, Reach Out, on 8 September 2005. This office will oversee the implementation of the strategy and will co-ordinate suicide prevention activities across the State, consult widely on the planning of future initiatives and ensure best practice in suicide prevention.

On the role, functions, duties and budget of this office, as referred to by the Deputy, my Department has requested the parliamentary affairs division of the Health Service Executive to arrange to have this information issued directly to the Deputy.

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