Time to Park the booze

The outrageous events at the Phoenix Park eight days ago should open our eyes to the pernicious promotion of alcohol among the youth of Ireland, writes Tom McGurk.

14th July, 2012
Time to Park the booze
Surely the time has now come to interrogate the link between our alcohol and suicide crises.

The casualty figures from the Phoenix Park looked like an average night in a warzone: deaths, injuries from violence and a multiplicity of stabbings. It even ended up on ministerial agendas. The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, reckoned that, in future, "more security" was needed. The Minister for Public Affairs, Brendan Howlin, reasoned that because there was trouble at only one of three concerts in the Park, then it wasn't too much to get upset...

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