We have a moral obligation to check on our elderly neighbours
It was shocking but, unfortunately, not surprising.
The sad end to the lives of the McCarthy brothers in Dublin is one which would, in ideal circumstances, focus our national attention on the plight of the isolated elderly.
But it probably won't. Instead, we will have the usual expressions of sorrow and condolence, and while these are undoubtedly sincere, they will do precisely nothing about solving the problem - a problem which only we, the people, can solve.