Editorial: A crisis we need to talk about
Published 06/07/2014 | 02:30
The Coalition, in the wake of its recent disruptions, is certainly talking a great deal about renewal. When it comes to the far different matter of doing rather than talking, one issue that must not be lost in the political flux is our ongoing suicide crisis.
Sadly, despite some displays of positive intent, the response to this national trauma provides us with yet another unfortunate example of the Irish capacity to glide away from that which we do not wish to confront. Our establishment are currently investing their scarce resources of emotional intelligence in dealing with the tragedies of half a century ago as distinct to the current crisis.
It is necessary that we confront the truths of our mother and baby homes and our Magdalene children in a belated proper truth and reconciliation process. But, if we fail to properly talk about Ireland's suicide crisis by obsessing solely upon the faults of the past, then as Marx warned all those years ago, we are falling into the ageless trap of repeating them.