Council to talk to Limerick charity looking for new base

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LIMERICK City and County Council will arrange a meeting with Treaty Suicide Prevention regarding the provision of a new grassroots basis.

Several days a week trained Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention (LTSP) volunteers patrol the banks of the River Shannon in an effort to help anyone in distress.

But they are now without a base, his one-year lease in premises in John’s Street having expired. The charity was unable to pay the €6,000 annual rent as donations dried up due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since the Limerick leader revealed the fate of the charity in January, the issue has been raised on the Dáil floor and locally by Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan, who has urged the council to do what it could help LTSP find a place to store their equipment. .

Now, in a statement, the local authority says it will seek to meet with the LTSP and other groups providing similar support.

“Limerick City and County Council is continuously working with the lead agency in this area, the HSE, and An Garda Síochána to achieve the goals of the Connecting for Life national strategy to reduce suicide. In line with this strategy, with our fellow statutory stakeholders, we will seek to meet with these groups to discuss a coordinated approach that will follow best practice going forward, including around the facilities needed to collectively support these groups in delivering this voluntary service,” said the council said in a statement.

A tribute was also paid to the “incredible spirit of volunteerism” of all volunteer groups in Limerick who strive “to tackle an issue which has such a severe impact on Irish society. These activities are a testament to the level of care and compassion that exists in Limerick and we commend the groups for their efforts.”

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