The shame is not that “200,000 people are better off on welfare payments”, but rather that so many were earning and surviving on so little before the Covid payment was introduced and that the lowest paid will be the first to have their benefits cut and that they will also be the first to return to work for the same miserable wages.
TDs are given allowances to hire Oireachtas staff and support constituency offices from the public purse (‘Spare me the outrage at TDs hiring family members – it’s what our society is built on’, Irish Independent, May 22). Jason O’Mahony states: “At the heart of the complaint is, let’s be honest, a loud hypocrisy by many voters who expect TDs to behave to an ethical standard they would never apply to themselves.”
May I share this quote on perspective, credited to Koushik Roy in the 'Times of India': "For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were an American, and born in 1900.
Though epidemic projections and modelling may occasionally be tricky for non-epidemiologists to follow, it should be emphasised that despite the very encouraging graphs indicating ongoing declines in death rates, future trends will only be achieved if the public health status quo is maintained.
I could not fault Patricia Casey (‘Bishops should raise their voices for faithful and lobby Government to reopen churches’, Comment, May 18) for being downbeat about the lack of strong advocacy for the spiritual welfare of Catholics by the Irish hierarchy.
The commemoration of VE Day resulted in various commentators on radio and in the press referencing Éamon de Valera’s visit in May 1945 to the German delegation in Dublin to express condolences on the death of Hitler.
Is it any wonder that the Labour Party (‘Kelly walks away from talks over “unrealistic” tax pledges’, Irish Independent, May 16) and the Social Democrats will not talk with the parties attempting to form a government?
Covid-19 may be the best thing to have happened to our world in recent times. I do have empathy and sympathy for those families who lost loved ones and we are going to lose a lot more. I am a high-risk elderly pensioner myself but if God decides that this virus is going to end my days, so be it.
As an angler (and there are no doubt many other categories of person in similar boats), I should like to protest against the arbitrary distance restriction currently imposed on me and many others by the powers that be: a radius of 5km from one’s home (at least until June 8).
I continue to be amazed that this paper, and Irish media more broadly, continues to repeat Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael claims that the Green Party is out to destroy farming (‘Farming “must not be sacrificial lamb” in Greens coalition talks’, May 12).
In this pandemic there are a forgotten group of people. They are the people who have to cocoon because of underlying health conditions and families of vulnerable children with complex medical needs, many of whom have a physical and/or intellectual disability/autism.
Normally people nowadays don't get their knickers in a twist over a sex scene - but 'Normal People', which aired on RTÉ One this week, certainly drew out the sex bashers who gave Joe Duffy an earful on 'Liveline'.
If evidence was ever needed that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are from the same political gene pool, it is the bait they are throwing to hook the Greens into a coalition from which they will find it impossible to extract themselves.
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