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Clinton courage admired

Published 27/03/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- It was with great sadness, albeit laced with gratitude, that I read Donal Lynch's lovely article (Sunday Independent, March 20, 2011), headed, 'Bill Clinton's heartfelt tribute to Irish friend killed by recession'. The observations which former president Clinton made during a recent speech in New York regarding the 'human fallout of Ireland's economic crisis' quoted in Mr Lynch's article sent a chill down my spine to say the least.

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Mr Clinton's openness and willingness to speak directly from his heart regarding the increase in loss of life via suicide, which is directly related to the current recession, is very welcome -- especially with recent statistics showing a minimum of two suicides a day in Ireland.

The fact that Mr Clinton had the courage to speak publicly about the deep sadness he experienced as a result of his dear Irish friend (the late Patrick Rocca RIP) who lost his precious life through suicide, is commendable. I say this as I am only too aware of the loss of life, pain and depression this current recession has brought upon us, especially among our young men.

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