'Don't expect an umbrella with a cocktail in the Covid-era pub' – Eilish O’Regan (Irish Independent, June 13) provides a step-by-step guide to the new bar-side normal.
One of the instructions advises bar staff “not to spend too long talking to customers”.
How is the rural village publican supposed to interpret this?
Anne Marie Kennedy
Craughwell, Co Galway
Super Dr Seuss was brains behind the ‘The Sneetches’
I refer to a letter on Saturday in which a correspondent suggested Roald Dahl can help parents navigate the racism minefield.
The writer refers to ‘The Sneetches’.
This wonderful work was of course written by Dr Seuss; Seuss also wrote about the environment in another book ‘The Lorax’.
But in ‘The Sneetches’, he was teaching children to read by his rhyming and wonderful illustrations so even if you could not read, you could enjoy the pictures.
Dahl’s books too are wonderful but credit where credit is due.
Strimmers will prove to be primary hedgehog killers
Great to hear the Irish Hedgehog Survey is “seeking to build a greater understanding of hedgehog distribution and population status across the island of Ireland”.
I have no doubt the study will show garden strimmers, used to tidy the edges of lawns, particularly under trees and shrubbery, are one of the main culprits in decimating the hedgehog population.
To govern or not to govern is the question Greens must ask
A new dawn beckons after a long political winter of discontent regarding government formation – or does it?
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have agreed to the Green Party’s primary demand that carbon emissions be cut by an average of 7pc a year.
The Greens tells us the deal represents a strong programme for government and that the party secured great wins across a wide range of areas including environmental, social, housing and equality.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will more than likely get the draft deal approved via their voting structures. However, the Greens will have a much tougher task, that is getting the required two-thirds of members on board.
Catherine Martin entered government formation talks reluctantly but she was present at all the meetings and was a key member of the Greens’ negotiating team.
The majority of party members see her as the future leader who will be able to bring radical change to politics.
All Green Party members must realise they will only be able to bring about change by being in government. To be in government or not to be in government, that is the question for them.
Green Party members hold the key to unlocking our greatest political impasse.
Kieran O Regan
Energy future will be burnt if gas and oil searches are ended
By any yardstick, the mismanagement of our off-shore oil and gas by successive governments has been an unmitigated disaster.
The decision by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil and the Green Party to cease issuing new oil and gas licences means that, not for the first time, they have contrived to squander the birth-right of present and future generations.
Clearly in making the decision the following facts were ignored:
:: Currently, to supplement the vagaries of wind and solar power, we are spending up to €8bn per annum importing oil and gas from increasingly volatile countries to ensure our energy needs;
:: The indisputable fact is that we will continue to do so for decades, possibly forever, as we attempt to transition to total reliance on alternative supplies;
:: The Government target is for 70pc sustainable energy by 2030, which means we will be dependent on oil and gas for the other 30pc well into the future.
It is noteworthy that the Norwegians and the Scottish, unlike us, while easily over-achieving their carbon emission targets, have just issued a raft of new exploration licences.
Also, unlike us shackled with an unsustainable national debt of over €240bn, Norway has accumulated more than a trillion dollars in their national treasury wealth fund, the biggest in the world.
This was achieved by their intelligent and responsible management of their off-shore resources.
By contrast, Irish government policies over the years were flawed, incoherent and liable to change on a regular basis.
Wilton Road, Co Cork