Monday 25 March 2019


Letters to the Editor

Speeches: William O’Brien, nationalist politician and editor of the Land League newspaper ‘United Ireland’. Photo by Ernest H. Mills/Getty Images

Letters to the Editor: 'We have been warned about ‘deceitful promises’ and history repeating itself' 

In a pamphlet written by William O'Brien in 1921 he traces the responsibility for partition. He was one of eight members of the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) who from 1914 issued warnings to the House of Commons, "raucous with the jeers and derision of Ireland's own so-called representatives". I can do no better than repeat from O'Brien's 10-page foreword the most salient points he made. He...

Devising strategy: Health Minister Simon Harris is seeking a new adviser. Photo: Arthur Carron.

Letters to the Editor: 'Minister is lining the pockets of management consultants and advisers in over-bloated HSE' 

Health Minister Simon Harris wants to throw away €75,000 for yet another adviser (don't forget to add the VAT!) to "carry out qualitative exploration of current perceptions of the key issues and priorities among general public and stakeholders", with the aim of facilitating senior management in devising a communications plan to "identify and prioritise communications activities by audience,...

Bucking the trend: Westport in Co Mayo is thriving thanks to innovative policies. Photo: Getty Images

Letters to the Editor: 'Evolving policies as well as strong local leadership can save our towns' 

The front page headline of your newspaper ('Death of the town', Irish Independent, November 30) makes for disturbing reading. The report goes on to say that small-town Ireland is facing a "perfect storm'' which has torn the heart out of life on our main streets. It further states that a lack of local leadership and permitting out-of-town retail developments means that many rural towns across the...