Limerick suicide prevention group goes to Dáil in search of new base

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Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention volunteers on the bank of the Shannon in Limerick City.

LIMERICK Treaty Suicide Prevention (LTSP) joined local members of Aontú outside the Dáil last Thursday to highlight their urgent need for a new base in the city.

Speaking outside the Dáil, Aontú Limerick representative Sarah Beasley said the group is homeless and in desperate need of a new base of operations.

Formed in 2018, LTSP is a lifesaving community organisation, led by volunteers such as the people beside me here today,” Ms  Beasley explained.

“Seven days a week and four nights a week, this incredible group of people patrol the river ways and embankments of Limerick City to help those who find themselves in an irreversible frame of mind during their darkest moments.”

She said that if they were provided with a vacant site, LTSP would refurbish it at their own expense. This would provide dignity, privacy from onlookers and sanctuary for those these Limerick heroes help.

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“It is a small ask for an organisation that is on the frontline of our mental health crisis, intervening in crucial moments for those in their darkest hours.

“It took a TD from Meath, Peadar Tóibín, for the needs of the LTSP organisation to be raised in the Dáil and for us to be able to come up to Leinster House to make our case directly to TDs and Senators from across the country.

“National and local government need to be working together to make sure vital volunteer led community organisations like ourselves can continue to do our work. At a time when there are 90,000 vacant sites are across the country, surely government and council can work together to ensure a suicide prevention group that saves lives can have a roof over their head while doing their vital work,” she concluded.