Tuesday 23 October 2018


Letters to the Editor

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''.

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'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.

Cork GAA fans have been lambasted online for flying the so-called Confederate flag.

It's a flag of novelty for us, not of hate 

Sir - Back in the 1990s, I remember seeing the Stars and Bars flying in batches from the Blackrock End of Pairc Ui Chaoimh to Hill 16 in Croke Park. No one uttered their disgust. Throughout the 2000s the flags were still seen, along with many others such as Che Guevara, the Rising Sun Flag of Japan and the Stars and Stripes. Only in the past few years, and in the age of social media, are people offended by flags flown on match days by fans from the rebel county.