Cases of suicide have been the most difficult to deal with according to the retired coroner for South and East Kerry.
Terence Casey presided over his final coroner’s court in Killarney on Friday.
The Gardaí, Kerry County Council, the jury and a member of the National Union of Journalists on behalf of the media all paid tribute to him for his service and commitment.
Mr Casey said that the reduction in young suicides from 2009 in Kerry can be largely attributed to Donal Walsh who spoke out against suicide.
He added that the age profile of deaths by suicide has changed dramatically to people over sixty and in his opinion loneliness plays a big part:
Meanwhile, the outgoing coroner has calling for the processing of blood and urine samples to be sped up.
Terence Casey says this can make the situation even more difficult for familes: