Four men who died by suicide knew each other

CONCERNS have been raised that four suicides in the Tallaght/Crumlin area in recent weeks may be linked as all the men knew each other and two worked together.

Two of the men worked in a local cab office. It is understood one of the cab firm workers took his life and, on the day of his burial the young man who had been hired to takeover his job also died by suicide.

Three of the four are believed to have grown up together. All of the men were in their 30s and 40s.

Sinn Féin Tallaght South Cllr Cathal King said a relative of one of the dead men had contacted him as she did not know where to turn for help.

“I advised her to contact the gardaí and make them aware that they all knew one another,” he said.

Mr King added that the suicide prevention charity Teenline was active in the area, but there was no specific services for older people who might be at risk of suicide.

Founder of Teenline Maureen Bolger said in the past three weeks, she has personally learned of 22 deaths by suicide, many of them young people, and four who were the south Dublin men.

Ms Bolger, who set up the helpline following the suicide of her 16-year-old son Darren, said she was very concerned about the recent spate of deaths.

While Central Statistics Office figures, based on Coroners’ Court decisions, state that on average there are just more than 400 suicides in this country every year, independent groups have argued the true figure is between 5% and 25% higher. According to provisional 2008 figures, released by the National Office of Suicide Prevention last week, there were 424 suicide deaths last year.

However, leading support group, Turning the Tide of Suicide (3Ts), has questioned the accuracy of the figures as they are based on initial registration statistics instead of end of year occurrence rates.

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