Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health James Browne says the support services provided by frontline staff at Console must be protected following speculation that the charity is to be wound down.

Deputy Browne said, “There is currently twelve frontline staff working at Console who are providing an invaluable support service for people suffering with mental health issues. It’s important that these staff members be facilitated in continuing to provide this service in the months ahead.

“Media reports indicate that the Government and HSE are considering winding down Console and transferring its responsibilities to another charity. This is unsurprising considering the enormous reputational damage that has been caused by a select few directors of the charity. If this occurs then the Government needs to ensure that the frontline staff can continue to provide support services elsewhere.

“The process of winding down Console could take some time. Funding for the charity has declined sharply following the revelations. This has put pressure on funding the support services that the charity currently provides. The HSE needs to step in and continue funding frontline services in the short term until they are relocated,” concluded Deputy Browne.