Saturday 10 December 2016

Loss of rural pubs linked to suicides

Published 09/02/2011 | 05:00

THE number of suicides in Ireland has now crossed 10 a week, another sorry statistic symptomatic of economic problems. But in earlier recessions we didn't have as many suicides.

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Many of these deaths are rural and I think the demise of the country pub has to be a contributing factor. To be able to go and have a pint, talk to another human being, have a laugh, has to be a safety valve.

Car deaths equate to less than one-third of suicides. Those who campaigned to get the drink-driving limit reduced claim this has lowered road deaths but I would contend that it has more to do with the demise of the boy racer (due to lack of money and emigration) than with stopping elderly farmers having a pint and driving home at 20mph.

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