The Sinn Féin leader invited the GAA Community and Health team into Leinster House to brief Oireachtas members of the project.
The briefing was presented by Colin Reagan, the GAA Community and Health Manager and his colleagues Stacey Cannon, Emmet Haughian and Brid Traynor. It was attended by around two dozen TDs, Seanadoirí and staffers.
Gerry Adams said:
“I want to commend the GAA and its Community and Health team on this remarkable initiative . I first became acquainted with this wonderful project as a result of the hard work and effort of St. Colmcilles GAC in East Meath
Healthy Club is a partnership effort involving the GAA, Healthy Ireland, the Health Service Executive and the National Office for Suicide Prevention. It is funded by the HSE and Irish Life have donated €1 million over three years.
Healthy Club is rooted in the volunteer spirit of the GAA and is about health promotion. It involves a wide range of specific initiatives including mental health, health screening, bullying, diet and nutrition, inclusion and community outreach, drug and alcohol awareness, life skill and personal development, anti-smoking, facilities development and engagement with older community members.
The GAA and clubs like St. Colmcilles are making a real and positive difference in peoples’ lives. They contribute freely of their time and talent and they deserve our thanks, our solidarity, our support and our encouragement to continue to do what they do.”