Thursday 19 April 2018

Our mean streets need cleaning up

The shock of reporter Eugene Moloney's violent death on a Dublin street was felt with special force by members of the staff of this newspaper, where he worked for many years.

To say that is not in any way to diminish our respect and sympathy for those closest to him. Nothing can compensate for their untimely loss. But this dreadful event also has had a deeply upsetting effect on the wider circle of friends and colleagues of someone who lived a vivid life and reached a mature age.

More widely still, it brings to mind the insistence of the poet John Donne that "every man's death diminishes me".

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