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Could the death of a maple tree (pictured, left) be the tipping point in our relationship with social media? Pic: Collins

Leo Varadkar’s lament for the fallen tree of Trinity College Dublin is just the latest sign that the cult of social media bereavement is out of control

Should we really have our taoiseach lamenting dead trees on social media?

That was my abiding question last week after what we may confidently term ‘tree-gate’. An old maple tree fell in the grounds of Trinity College Dublin, and – whether or not you were around to hear its defeated thunk as it hit the grass – you could certainly hear the existential wails and howls of pain about its demise on social media.

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