Thursday 27 October 2016

'He was not violent, just very, very distraught' - TD describes the moment he helped to save distressed man outside Leinster House

Finian McGrath
Finian McGrath
Finian McGrath

A TD has described the moment he and other passers-by came to the aid of a man who had become distressed outside Leinster House yesterday.

Dublin north central independent TD Finian McGrath said the distraught man was a victim of abuse who believed that no one cared.

Emergency services were called yesterday when the man was spotted in a distressed state outside the gates on Kildare Street.

Onlookers including McGrath raised the alarm and the man was later rushed to hospital for treatment.

“Initially I thought he was trying to put a banner up, or climb over, which happens sometimes. Then we looked again and said there’s something wrong, and we ran down to see if we could help.”

“We saw a man climb on the railings,” Mr McGrath told the Irish Examiner. He was not violent, just very, very distraught. He was really crying and talking about being abused and that nobody cared, it was very sad.”

“The guards were gentle with him, but he had to be restrained because he was very upset.”

Mr McGrath highlighted the need for more resources to be put into suicide prevention and mental health care.

“It brings it home to you when it is right at the gates of the Dáil. A lot of people are not getting the care and help that they need and deserve, and the Government needs to wake up to that.”

“I hope that man gets proper care and attention now. The pain of his situation was all over his face.”

A garda spokesperson said yesterday: “A man in his 40s was taken to St James’ Hospital following an incident at Leinster House.”

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