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Suicide epidemic 'needs tackled'

Sculpture in Letterkenny
The bodies of Catriona and Caitlin Innes were found at their home in Letterkenny in May

A Coroner in County Donegal has said more needs to be done to tackle what he called the "epidemic of suicide".

Sean Cannon was speaking at the inquest into the deaths of Catriona Innes, 26, and her 7-year-old daughter Caitlin.

The inquest heard that Ms Innes smothered her daughter before taking her own life in May this year.

The coroner said suicide prevention was everybody's responsibility, and a concerted effort was required from groups and individuals to tackle it.

The bodies of Catriona and Caitlin Innes were discovered by Gardai after neighbours became concerned for their welfare.

The pair were last seen at Caitlin's first Holy Communion in Letterkenny three days before their bodies were found.

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