Sinn Fein/IRA's doyenne of South Down, Caitriona Ruane, is to hold a seminar in the town of Ballynahinch (the last time I was there in 1997 it was a Unionist town, but I suppose all good things come to an end) on the question of suicide. In the latest Brownshirt news release, the ardent supporter of liaisons with Latin American terrorists announced:
'"Within South Down Ballynahinch has been identified as having a particular problem and statistics show that per head of capita it has one of the highest suicide rates in Western Europe.
"To be successful, it is important for this initiative top have cross party support and the meeting will be open to all political parties, churches, schools, statutory agencies and individual members of the community. Only by acting collectively can we hope to address this problem. The system is failing our young people and others at risk of self-harm. At what is a very difficult time for families it is essential that the community provides the necessary help and support for people to deal with the bereavement and loss that death by suicide brings.
"Suicide is currently the number one cause of death of males under 25 and although all age groups are affected young people seem particularly at risk. To change this, we need a community-led, strategic approach to mental health involving awareness-raising; suicide prevention; crisis intervention and family support."'
The only conclusion I can come to is that Sinn Fein must really be hacked off about deaths caused by phenomena other than that of IRA terrorism.