Wednesday 7 December 2016

One of the last taboos we must understand to stop more tragedy

Published 03/09/2016 | 02:30

Greg Fox with his wife Debbie and sons Trevor and Cillian Photo: Kevin Clancy/ViewPoint.
Greg Fox with his wife Debbie and sons Trevor and Cillian Photo: Kevin Clancy/ViewPoint.

Murder-suicide has occurred with alarming regularity in Ireland since I first came across it in Cork back in the early 1980s.

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Yet there seems to be little or no research into what appears to be a particularly Irish phenomenon.

"People seem to think they are rare, but they're not," Una Butler, whose husband killed their two children, told Sean O'Rourke on RTE radio last week. "There have been 27 cases since 2000."

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