Wednesday 20 September 2017

Letters: Sirens break peace

Madam -- Christmas Day is the only day of the year without planes or trains in Ireland. While this might not suit everyone, one benefit is the unbroken silence, especially in the city.

Therefore it is particularly distressing when, for the entire day, the only noise is the never-ending drone of burglar alarms. These devices are not only useless but, by now, have become counterproductive because years of bad fitting and bad maintenance mean that listeners no longer take them seriously while, at the same time, they denote who's away for Christmas -- essential information for any burglar.

In the previous government, Environment Minister John Gormley proposed letting gardai enter homes with nuisance alarms to switch them off: that such a ridiculous idea came from a member of Cabinet who didn't know about constitutional restriction is a depressing indictment of those who claimed to lead the country.

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