“One cannot but feel some sympathy for Melanie Verwoerd who has not seen much justice in past months. Ms Verwoerd was first of all treated as the woman ‘on the side’ by Gerry Ryan who reputedly bequeathed nothing to her.

She has now been sacked by UNICEF because of the publicity surrounding Ryan’s death. If Ms Verwoerd is feeling angry, she has good reason to do so. As the ‘secondary’ woman in Ryan’s life, her personal investment in the relationship was, I am sure, far from being second best. UNICEF has now punished her further for this personal investment. A woman’s heart is her undoing in what is still very much a man’s world!”

Dr Florence Craven
Maynooth, Co Kildare

Irish Independent Letters
Earlier: Melanie Bites Back