Martin pays tribute to mental health advocate John McCarthy

Published on: 10 January 2012

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to John McCarthy following his death in Cork, describing him as “an intelligent advocate for mental health and a tireless campaigner for those living with mental health issues.” 

Deputy Martin said: “John McCarthy founded the mental health lobby group Mad Pride in Cork in 2008 and it has gone from strength to strength.  He was never afraid to challenge people to view mental illness and those living with it in a compassionate way. 

“Mad Pride was founded on the principle of accepting the ‘normality of madness’.  John McCarthy believed that the best way to promote understanding of the issues surrounding mental health is to engage with people in communities and his campaign has helped bring about a major change in how people view mental illness.

“John had a great sense of community.  He was a passionate activist for justice, equality and civic engagement.  He handled his own diagnosis with motor neurone disease with dignity and bravery, and continued his work on behalf of those living with mental illness. 

“I want to take this opportunity to extend my deepest condolences to John’s wife Liz, their children David and Jill, grandchildren and all his family and friends in his community in Montenotte.”  

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