I make no apologies
from stockie in spillanes in the maharees;
This country really needs a shake-up. Take driving (you could take smoking if you wish - see grandad). We can't drink, phone, speed, go slow. We pay road tax, VRT, VAT, duty and god knows what else. We have insurance, NCT tests.
We have the RSA, the Road Safety Authority.
How many deaths on the roads in 2008?
How much did we spend on the RSA?
Road safety is easy. And it is a revenue earner - big big time revenue earner for the lazy state.
Let's look at suicide. Here we have NOSP - National Office for Suicide Prevention. You will note that this is an Office. Not an Authority.
How many (known) suicides in 2008?
How much did we spend on the NOSP?
Either we put the NOSP in charge of road safety and save both both money and lives, or we just leave Gaybo alone. In any case I will be accused of playing with figures and not understanding the complexity of the situation.
I don't give a flying fuck. People, especially men, are killing themselves. On a grand scale.
But there is no financial return in investment in suicide prevention. It's also not sexy.
In the meantime rural pubs are dying. Customers are kiling themselves. All very dramatic.
Depression is a cruel master.