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Carers and families have been forgotten during crisis

Letters to the Editor


We understand why we have to cocoon and we all want to protect the most vulnerable. Photo: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

We understand why we have to cocoon and we all want to protect the most vulnerable. Photo: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

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We understand why we have to cocoon and we all want to protect the most vulnerable. Photo: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

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.

Almost all families like ours are no longer getting respite or home care/nursing because it’s too risky. We have been forgotten.

We are usually isolated much of the year because of the nature of our lives and our children’s illnesses.

Hospital appointments and all therapies have been cancelled, therefore treatments/ surgery have been delayed. The knock-on effect on the entire family is immense.

Our families are never mentioned. The mental health of carers is vitally important for us to continue to be able to care for our children and the people we care for to the best of our ability.

Lack of sleep, lack of contact with other people and lack of support are huge issues.

We understand why we have to cocoon and we all want to protect the most vulnerable.

We respect and care about our healthcare professionals probably a lot more than most. They are our lifeline. But it would nice if just once An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar would acknowledge us.

We care, but who cares for us?

Aisling McNiffe

Straffan, Co Kildare


Free will and choices give us liberty in sexual activity

Colm Ó Tórna (Letters, May 5) overlooks the free will given to every individual by God.

We do not live in an Eden, rather we live in a world where individual choice is the norm. There are sufficient lessons in all religions for human beings on how to live their lives.

Sexual activity is a normal human activity.

Declan Foley

Berwick, Australia


Well done to defiant over-70s who broke lockdown diktat

Liam Collins certainly hit the mark for me with his article (Irish Independent, May 2) about the iniquity that cocooning has imposed on the over-70s.

As I am in that age group I find it both patronising and indeed insulting to have us regarded as a collection of mindless miscreants who have to be herded and cocooned “for their own good” and, depending on the benevolence of the powers-that-be, are then “let out” under strict limitations (of course).

I have absolutely no problem with the advice that those with underlying health issues should stay at home – but that surely applies to anyone in any age group.

For people in our age bracket who have good health and are leading full lives, the confinement is truly draconian.

Full credit to those over-70s I saw defying that ridiculous diktat by going to the shops, walking their dogs or taking a stroll.

Thomas Cantwell

Rathmines, Dublin 6


Age is nothing but a number – no matter what the year

I will never be elderly (Letters, May 5). I expect to live until I’m 98 and then die young.

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co Cork


Cocooners deserve their day fluttering about in the sun

Yesterday was historic for us cocooners, as we have now finally been liberated. But the rest of the population should prepare themselves for what is appearing into the sunlight from these cocoons.

Maybe some of us will emerge from our pupas as beautifully coloured butterflies, moths and bees, and fly with abandon, while others, the less fortunate ones, may emerge as unwanted fleas and ants.

So I appeal to the public to stay indoors and let us have our moment in the sun.

Brendan Butler

Malahide, Co Dublin


Sounds like fighting talk about wearing gloves...

Do the HSE infection control experts, who say they are not recommending wearing gloves while shopping or when out and about, mean the gloves are off about the gloves being on?

John Williams

Clonmel, Co Tipperary


China must be wary with a Healy-Rae ready to swoop

The Irish Independent (May 1) tells us Danny Healy-Rae is pointing the finger at China. They would do well to take account of this.

After all, in 1917 the ‘Skibereen Eagle’ warned it had its eye on Tsar Nicholas II. He ignored the warning and we all know what befell him and his family shortly afterwards.

John F Jordan

Killiney, Co Dublin

Irish Independent