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Timeline Of Events

  • June 30th 2012 – Con, Baba Oisín & I left our Home in Cork  going on 10 day break to Torquay, Devon.
  • July 6th 2012 – Crash on Hamelin Way in Torquay 2.47pm
  • July 6th 2012 – To my horror, despite Emergency Services doing everything they could possibly do, they were unable to save Baba Oisín or Baby Elber-Marie
  • August 2012 Con & I air ambulanced to Cork University Hospital from Derriford in Plymouth
  • November 14th Any Mom’s Living Nightmare, Brought Baba Oisín & Baby Elber-Marie home
  • May 3rd 2013 Tragically Con lost the fight for his life
  • December 2nd 2013 – Baba Oisin’s inquest closes in Torquay – Coroner Ian Arrow requests ACPO “to review please how Police Officers approach Suicidal Persons”     Little Man’s Inquest
  • January 1st 2014  – News of change in Police Pursuit Policy at Devon & Cornwall Police
  • January 3rd 2014 – I began looking into training in Ireland and saw that not all our Gardai were trained in suicide awareness
  • January 2014 – Began campaigning that all our Gardai in Ireland and Police Officers be trained in suicide awareness and indeed in how to apprehend a suicidal driver. I approached a number of politicians, the Road Safety Authority & suicide support groups to request their support
  • February 2014 – Meeting with Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar kindly arranged by Michael Creed TD
  • March 2014 – Spoke at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis regarding my story and how I feel that all our Gardai need to be trained in suicide awareness and in how to apprehend a suicidal driver. This opportunity was arranged for me by Suicide Aware in Cork, Niall Collins TD and Michael Moynihan TD
  • April 2014 – Approached Acting Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan regarding my thoughts on need for Garda Training
  • May 14th 2014 – Meeting of the Joint Committee on Transport & Communications to discuss the need for Garda Training – My correspondence was considered by the Committee at its meeting where it was agreed to write to An Garda Siochana expressing its strong support for my request.
  • May 15th 2014 – Meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee of Justice and Defence to discuss the need for Garda Training – 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.
  • May 2014 – Lodged submission for the New National Framework for Suicide Prevention
  • May 23rd 2014– Con’s Inquest
  • June 3rd – Meeting with Assistant Commissioner Traffic John Twomey re campaign, kindly arranged by Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan
  • July 23rd – Meeting with Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald kindly arranged by Aine Collins TD and Dan Neville TD – 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”.
  • August 28th 2014 – First Visit to Templemore Garda Training College. Had a meeting with Superintendent Pat McCabe, Inspector Margaret Howard and the Garda training Team kindly arranged by Assistant Commissioner Traffic John Twomey
  • February 2015 – New Trainee Gardai undertake ASIST Training
  • June 2015 – 2nd Twomey Family Remorial Weekend
  • August 2015 – Visit to Garda Training College Templemore


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