Opinion Analysis

Saturday 27 May 2017

Nation needs to regain its soul before more are lost

A deficit of hope has engulfed our country -- we need a leader who can quell our despair, writes Eamon Keane

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere Anarchy is loosed upon the world

--William Butler Yeats 'The Second Coming'(1919)

Six months ago Kevin drove to a river bank. He placed weights around his neck and body. This was so his body wouldn't force itself up from the riverbed. Nearby, he left a note for his family. As a businessman and employer he had that morning been unsuccessful in securing loans for his company. They found Kevin's body later that evening. We had spoken about doing a music CD together. Kevin was a kind, warm-hearted individual who no longer felt he had meaning or purpose in this 'nation of ours'.

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