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Kevin Myers: Suicide is self-murder and must remain taboo

Published 02/12/2011 | 17:00

NO wonder a writer to the Letters Page on Wednesday sought, and was granted, anonymity on the subject of the suicide of Gary Speed.

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In his small town, he reported, it was even proposed that a sports trophy be named after a local suicide victim. What would have happened to him if his identity had been revealed? For in the strange inversion of values that has occurred in recent years, what was once profoundly taboo is now almost hailed.

This is by no means a uniquely Irish phenomenon. The Nottingham Forest-Leeds United match on Wednesday began with a minute's applause to honour Gary Speed, who had taken his own life. So how does one now hail a true hero?

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