"...During the same period, from 2003 to 2011, Ireland lost 4,408 young men and women to suicide. Let me say that again. The US â with a population of 300 million â lost 4,484 men and women in combat in the war in Iraq. During the same period â with a population of just 4.6 million â Ireland has lost 4,408 men and women to suicide against the backdrop of our national banking and financial crisis...." http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/letters/2011/1222/1224309377489.html This is horrible, and I suspect that the Irish are beginning to realize that they need to comfort their own during hardship. When people don't think they are in it alone, and there is no shame to their situation, these things don't happen. Eventually people will turn their anger outward.