A gift or blackmail?
Sir -- Although it is many years since my children finished their primary school education, both they and I retain very happy memories of those school days. At the end of each school year, with my encouragement, my children brought a little, inexpensive gift to give to their teacher to say thank you. Although certainly not expected, I saw nothing wrong with my children showing a little appreciation to their teacher.
However, according to Crosscare, the Dublin Catholic archdiocese's social care agency, this token of gratitude should be dispensed with and the money donated to them. I find this objectionable. If I did happen to agree with not buying a gift and donating to charity instead, it would be to a charity of my own choosing. Why should Crosscare be the primary beneficiary?
The generosity of the Irish people is acknowledged worldwide. We have been one of the biggest contributors to ending world poverty.
I regard the involvement of Crosscare in this issue as bordering on moral blackmail of well-meaning schoolchildren, their parents and teachers alike.
Knocklyon, Dublin 16