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Passengers queuing at Terminal 2, Dublin Airport, on Sunday, May 29. Photo: Colin Keegan / Collins Dublin

Passengers queuing at Terminal 2, Dublin Airport, on Sunday, May 29. Photo: Colin Keegan / Collins Dublin

Passengers queuing at Terminal 2, Dublin Airport, on Sunday, May 29. Photo: Colin Keegan / Collins Dublin

How quickly we’ve transitioned from a pandemic and a two-year shutdown to panic and long queues at Dublin Airport.

After two years of compliance, people want to exit for warmer climes rather than staying at home and paying exorbitant prices, going on staycations that cost an arm and leg.

The situation has not been helped by the reduction in the number of hotel rooms primarily taken over and subsidised by the taxpayers for war refugees or homeless families.

This, on top of the lack of staff recruited for the onslaught of holidaymakers seeking to depart our green pastures, should have been foreseen by those in the DAA.

Recruitment should have been sped up and staff who were laid off could have been kept on the books using a furlough scheme.

There seems to have been no strategic plan in place to prevent this from happening.

As my father-in-law repeated many times, “Proper planning prevents poor performance”.

Maybe those working in management in the DAA could learn something from this quotation.

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Importance of political engagement made clear

With Russia desiring to go back to the age of God knows what, England wanting to resurrect merrie olde imperialism, and the DUP wanting to refight the Battle of the Boyne, the Irish Government is in not one but many quandaries. Meanwhile here in Australia, the majority woke up to the “lies, damn lies and inane statistics” of a clown who imagined he was an emperor.

May is the last month of autumn here, alas it was very wintry from May 9 to May 21. Down at the pre-poll booths and on polling day itself, the number of young people who assisted throughout with 7.30am starts was amazing, as were the queues forming to vote.

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On polling day itself, two young ladies assisted me at 6am to set up a local polling station with banners and hand out ‘how to vote’ cards despite the temperature being just above zero.

Thank God we have indeed hope for our future here, as the people did indeed say “a pox on both your houses” to Labor and the Liberal National parties. Gold-plate seats fell to independents, mainly women with strong community interests, proving yet again all politics are local.


Declan Foley

Melbourne, Australia

Dreadful football final had very little to do with feet

Having endured the woeful Ulster football final on Sunday, I struggled to find some sort of definition for what I had just witnessed.

In the end I suggest the following Wikipedia entry, which with a few adjustments in team numbers and size of playing area, might fit the bill.

“Handball (also known as team handball, European handball or Olympic handball) is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six outcourt players and a goalkeeper) pass a ball using their hands with the aim of throwing it into the goal of the other team. A standard match consists of two periods of 30 minutes, and the team that scores more goals wins.”

The Clones ‘football’ contest might even strain the Trade Descriptions Act.

Martin Donnellan

Prague, Czechia

Guns are cheap in America because life is cheap there too

Further to David Ryan’s letter (‘If Trump has his way, there will be schoolkids in Kevlar’, May 30), I fail to understand why a nation of 330 million people needs to have 400 million-plus guns in private ownership.

US school massacres and other mass public shootings will always happen in America where guns are easily and cheaply available and lives easily and cheaply extinguished.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, England

Foul-mouthed Derry Girls a pathetic excuse for comedy

Having heard rave reviews of the TV series Derry Girls, I decided to watch an episode recently. It’s a zero from me, in a word: pathetic!

Vulgar four-letter words were constant from the girls. It must have filled up a few pages for the writer. They are of course following in the footsteps of many of our so-called comedians.

As far as comedy is concerned ‘artistic Ireland is dead and gone’.

Tommy Heneghan

Balbriggan, Co Dublin

I never thought a TV show would render me speechless

Having watched the first four episodes of Conversations With Friends, I am lost for words.

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont, Dublin 9


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