Tuesday 21 February 2017

A more sinister problem

Published 08/01/2012 | 05:00

Sir -- Terence Casey, a south Kerry coroner, has claimed that more stringent drink-driving laws were leading to more suicides among older males. I think that the coroner's views, although outrageous, do actually highlight a much deeper issue in rural Irish society.

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The fact that rural Ireland seems to still revolve around the local pub is a worrying indictment of this country's traditions.

There is obviously a more sinister problem lurking in the minds of suicide victims that can never be solely related to alcohol.

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