Tuesday 24 October 2017

Clinton courage admired

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.

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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