Sir -- One day in September, a few months ago, I had a tragedy in my life. Without any warning my wife of 10 years left our home, taking our seven-year-old daughter from my life. As you can imagine, my heart is broken ever since.
We had our differences, and what couple hasn't, but there was no real good reason for my wife to leave forever and take my little princess away from me.
I'm not saying I'm without my own faults and that I am perfect, but I'm not a smoker, drinker, drug-taker, gambler, violent person in any way, a big spender or a lazy layabout.
My 'fault', as it were, is that I have been unemployed for the past three years after over 18 years working. My wife has a great job with a salary that is worth more than the joint salaries of many couples in Ireland.
It's an interesting time in Ireland in recent times, with unemployment being quite a bit higher for men than women and men and women often taking on new roles: him, as the house-husband/care-giver, her as the primary "breadwinner".
Well done to those couples who have managed to stay together.