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Thursday 8 December 2016

Editorial: Justice for murdered nurse Karen Buckley

Karen Buckley at her brother Brendan’s wedding
Karen Buckley at her brother Brendan’s wedding

It is difficult for most of us to conceive of the pain and distress endured by the family of murdered nurse Karen Buckley.

Her parents and brothers were plunged into grief and despair after the young Corkwoman was senselessly and brutally murdered in Glasgow last April.

They achieved a measure of justice yesterday when Alexander Pacteau pleaded guilty to her murder.

It was at times difficult to listen to John Buckley’s words afterwards, as he spoke with dignity about the loss of Karen and the effect it had on the Buckley family.

But his words ensured that Karen, a beloved daughter and friend, would not be remembered for the nature of her death but rather for her life and how she lived it.

Pacteau now faces a life sentence for his crime.

And the Buckley family face a sentence of a different sort – living with the loss of their daughter. Our thoughts are with them.

 

Leaving Certificate results day

TODAY is one of the biggest days in the lives of many Irish secondary school students.

Some 58,000 Leaving Cert candidates will receive their results, the culmination of much hard work and dedicated study.

Many of the headlines will focus on how more and more courses are being pushed through the 500 points entry threshold, due to a rise in the numbers taking higher-level mathematics.

But this is not a day for high achievers alone. Every student who has put the work in can feel proud of their achievement, whether they achieved their desired results or not.

If it’s the former, congratulations. If it’s the latter, there is no need to be despondent, as there are more options than ever open to students.

We wish them all the best – and that they enjoy their well-deserved celebrations.

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