Saturday, January 07, 2012

A Letter the Irish Times Didn't Publish

Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 14:29:46 +0000
Subject: Reporting on Caroline Walsh's Death

Dear Sir,

In the interests of accuracy, something I’m sure Caroline Walsh took seriously, Kathy Sheridan’s account of her funeral (Irish Times 27th December) needs to be corrected. She did not, as reported, die “unexpectedly in St Vincent’s Hospital”. Her body was removed from the sea near Seapoint and taken to St. Vincent’s.

The Irish Times showed no such coyness about mental illness and suicide in its recent reporting of the Kate Fitzgerald tragedy.

Depression and its often tragic consequences should be discussed openly. I would expect a newspaper of record like the Irish Times to put aside its fine feelings for a colleague and tell the truth.