A coroner has expressed concern that the downward trend in deaths by suicide in south Kerry has bottomed out.
Terence Casey made the comment during inquests into the deaths of four people by suicide in the south Kerry area over the past year.
In one case, he appealed to young people to be conscious of the potential impact of peer pressure on others.
The south Kerry coroner, Terence Casey was presiding over inquests in Killarney into the deaths of four people who died by suicide.
In one case, the Coroner’s Court heard that a young man who took his own life – and who was described as a popular, up and coming musician – had been bullied by others.
Mr Casey called upon people to realise that peer pressure is very difficult to put up with and that young people should realise the potential consequences.
In another case, he said that it was most unfortunate that outside circumstances can sometimes impact in a way that can leave a devastated family behind.
Terence Casey said that the number of deaths by suicide in his administrative area of south Kerry had decreased in recent years but that trend had now bottomed out.
He dealt with six deaths by suicide in 2014 and a similar number thus far this year.
He noted however that there had been no such deaths involving those under of the age of 21 for the past two years.
The coroner expressed his condolences to the families of all of the deceased.