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Adams raises issue of ‘cluster of suicides’ in Dundalk in the Dáil

Adams raises issue of ‘cluster of suicides’ in Dundalk in the Dáil

Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed concern over what he described as a “cluster of suicides” in parts of Dundalk.

The Sinn Féin deputy raised the matter in the Dáil to Tánaiste Simon Coveney this week, pleading for the Government to help prevent future losses of lives in areas such as Cox’s Demesne and Muirhevnamor.

Deputy Adams said: “The programme for Government commits to improving the quality of life for our younger and older people in the most disadvantaged communities. We all know that these communities consist of wonderful people who are under great social and economic pressures. We also know that suicide is a major issue in our society.

“There is a particular cluster of suicides in Dundalk, in Cox’s Demesne and Muirhevnamor.

“The Redeemer centre has asked Pobal to fund a community audit across north Louth to identify these issues.

“Will the Government support this approach for a community audit to identify the gaps in the current allocation of resources in Dundalk, as well as options for the future?”

Responding, the Tánaiste said he would prioritise a response to Deputy Adams.

Minister Coveney said: “This sounds like a very real issue and I will get somebody from the Department to respond directly to the Deputy.”

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