Saturday 15 December 2018


Letters to the Editor

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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...

'The announced departure of Angela Merkel is another stern warning of just how fragile and inadequate economic policy within the EU, and indeed the whole world, is.' Photo: Reuters

Letters to the Editor: 'Repeating the mistakes of 2008' 

Sir - Consternation and worry generated by the announced departure of Angela Merkel is another stern warning of just how fragile and inadequate economic policy within the EU, and indeed the whole world, is. The impending danger does not arise from the departure of one person, but from an utter failure to recognise and adapt to a new economic capability which, let run wild, propels global economics into the most precarious situation ever experienced. Indeed, Mrs Merkel's departure with her unshakable fixation with "growth" economics may provide an opportunity for common sense...

Donald Trump. Photo: AP/PA Images

Is Trump listening to voices of reason? 

Sir - Donald Trump's recent contentious remarks and subsequent retractions highlight a significant change in the American president's public disposition. Within the space of a few days, Trump's outspoken style can be seen to be curtailed by the reaction of popular opinion. This came to light first in his visit last weekend to the UK where outrage at his initial criticism of Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of Brexit saw him subsequently retract it and offer the view that her soft approach was ''fine with me''.

'The hare in coursing is the equivalent of the sliotar in hurling... the essential difference being that it is a sentient creature, susceptible to pain.'

Robin, the murdering hoodlum 

Sir - That's it! I've had enough of the tweets and spin from the members of the robin fan club. I could just about keep my beak shut after reading Joe Kennedy's 'Fearless robin a caring bird of courage' (Country Matters, Sunday Independent, January 21) but when Damien Boyd's 'Tales of the mighty robin' (Letter of the Week, Sunday Independent, January 28) joined in the dawn chorus, I had to take up my quill in order to prevent this growing media frenzy from taking flight. It seems as though they both have been enchanted by the twitter feed from the robin family and its groupies.

Cork University Hospital (stock photo)

'Hospital bosses are completely out of touch,' writes man left waiting 11 hours in a wheelchair in stretched A and E 

In a recent blog posted on the Cork University Hospital (CUH) website, the CEO, Tony McNamara, suggests the INMO's figures of patients on trolleys are misleading and calls for a more "honest debate" on the issue. Mr McNamara says: "Many patients are appropriately on trolleys in assessment units in our hospitals awaiting a decision as to whether they need to be admitted or not."

Picture: Christos Georghiou

Emotions of Christmas 

Sir - Brendan O'Connor (Sunday Independent, December 24) does the State and its citizens a truly worthy service by illuminating the authentic enduring Christian magic and emotional nuances of Christmas, as it was and how it should/could still be. Highlighting, with a compelling personal candour, his raft of seminal pre-Christmas experiences at various concerts and church services (including the stunning inspiration of a funeral with its powerful community essence and generosity of spirit abounding).

CJ Stander of Ireland supported by Devin Toner scores his side's third try despite the tackle of Nicolas Sanchez, left, and Jeronimo de la Fuente of Argentina during last month's International match at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Tom and the joy of reading 

Sir — As an avid reader, I thoroughly enjoyed Tom McCaughren’s beautiful article about books (Sunday Independent, November 26). I appreciate that social media is now all pervasive, but it’s hard to beat the satisfaction of reading a captivating book. Between the covers of a book, readers of all ages are exposed to adventure, excitement, anticipation, knowledge and information. Regular reading stirs the imagination, arouses curiosity and inspires creativity. With a book in your hand you’re in good company.