January 1st 2014
News of change in Police Pursuit Policy in Devon & Cornwall Police. I do Pray and hope that they will do more to look after the poor suicidal driver!
Following news on Jan 1st someone mentioned to me had I ever looked into what goes on with Gardaí here, so I started to research Garda Training to deal with the suicidal driver or the one who is known or suspected to be suicidal.
I approached different members of the Dáil and suicide support groups to outline my concerns and request their support on this. Several members of the Dáil and Senate have come on board lobbying questions to the Minister on my behalf which I really appreciate. I have also received great help and support in this, from Inspire Ireland, Suicide Aware in Cork, 3T’s in Dublin and Pieta House.
February 15th 2014
I had a meeting with Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar thanks to Michael Creed TD.
At this meeting I outlined my concerns to the Minister.
March 22nd 2014
I addressed the Fianna Fáil Party Ard Fhéis thanks to help from Suicide Aware in Cork, Niall Collins TD and Michael Moynihan TD.
At the Árd Fhéis the motion was carried recognising the need for all Gardaí to receive specific training on how to deal with suicidal drivers and to deal with the one who is known or suspected to be suicidal.
I attended Safe Talk training, suicide alertness for everyone.
Fantastic to see that I am not the only person who is talking about the need for All Gardaí to receive training to deal with the suicidal soul. Let’s hope they do and that they go further and include the suicidal driver.
‘Widespread lack of training’ among gardaí in dealing with suicidal people (via @thejournal_ie) http://t.co/2TDk5rEiMq
— Elber Twomey (@elbertwomey) April 9, 2014
My First Visit to Leinster House 🙂
Thanks to Patrick O’Donovan TD for arranging a meeting with David Stanton TD and Chairman of Joint Committee on Justice, Defence & Equality. A really productive meeting Thank God. Great people!
Please God more visits to Leinster House to come!
My Darling Con gone 1 Year, Horrific seems like Eternity
I was honoured to be with Suicide Aware Cork as they launched their fantastic Amber Flag nationally today. What wonderful work they do. Well done to all involved.
Darkness Into Light For Pieta House
My First Time doing “Darkness Into Light” Walk for Pieta House. What a Moving Experience! Well Done to Joan and All involved. Totally Recommend it! Please God will do again next year!
I contacted the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications on May 7th, to request the support of the Committee that all Gardaí be trained to cope with a suspected suicidal driver or a person who is known or suspected to have suicidal ideation while driving a vehicle.
My correspondence was considered by the Committee at its meeting of 14 May where it was agreed to write to An Garda Siochana expressing its strong support for my request.
I contacted the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice & Defence on May 7th, to request the support of the Committee that all Gardaí be trained to cope with a suspected suicidal driver or a person who is known or suspected to have suicidal ideation.
My correspondence was considered by the committee at its meeting on 15th May. All members fully supported my call for all members of An Garda Siochana to receive training on how to deal with suicidal drivers or those suspected to have suicidal ideation.
In this regard the Committee agreed to forward my correspondence to The Minister for Justice and Equality and the Garda Commissioner requesting that they give my proposal urgent consideration.
Unreal important meeting in Dublin to do with my Mission.
Really Believe we will see training in Suicide Awareness/Prevention for all Our Gardaí Please God!
June 6-8th Our Weekend in Honour of My Beauties
Extremely Emotional but Truly Wonderful Weekend, just as My Beauties Deserve.
My First Trip to visit Our Lady of Fatima, Wow! Will definitely be back Please God 🙂
Meeting with Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald,
A Big Thanks to Áine Collins TD who arranged the meeting and to Dan Neville TD who attended the meeting with my brother Tomás and I.
Great to hear the Minister’s words “I am supporting your visit to Templemore as the Minister for Justice and I am supporting your call for training in Mental Health issues. I will be in touch with the Gardaí about it”.
Victim of suicidal driver urges Min Fitzgerald to ensure Garda training on suicide – Neville http://www.finegael.ie/latest-news/2014/victim-of-suicidal-driver/