Gifts to help our politicians steer safe path amid chaos
I hope that your household was serene and fulfilled over the Christmas season. A continued supply of water to house and farmyard would have gone some way to achieving this desirable state.
This latest freeze-up was worse than last January. The very low temperatures stayed with us for longer. The mayhem was more widespread.
There are also stories of horrific losses where cattle were let out of a shed for a drink and gorged themselves on ice-cold water.
One farmer in Wexford is reported to have lost 16 cattle in this manner. In another case, 20 cows were turned out to get water but only three made it back in. A milk tanker lost control on an icy farm avenue and turned over.
On the third day after the thaw started, some pipes remained frozen. Livestock farmers were going around as pale and tired as if in the middle of calving time. If we never have frozen weather like it again, that will be too soon.
At least the holiday season gave us all a break from listening to the bad economic news. Presumably our Government enjoyed their break too. Maybe Santa Claus brought them gifts that will help them meet the challenges that lie all around them. I present here a leaders gift wish list:
Taoiseach Brian Cowan
In an outbreak of conscience and goodwill at Christmas, the trade unions could come to Cowan and tell him that they are no longer insisting on the implementation of the Croke Park deal.