Wednesday 13 November 2019

Education costs . . . Ghost estates . . . Bank drama

WHAT a timely reminder your editorial was on the 'human cost of education' to the modern student (Irish Independent, January 22).

We were constantly told as children that our schooldays were the happiest days of our lives. Having to spend our best years in both primary and secondary school and then having to endure the privations of third-level -- bring on the revolution!

Perhaps students should take a leaf out of the book of our air traffic controllers and initiate strike action. Man the barricades, I say!

Kevin Healy
Ashbury, Foxrock, dublin 18

  • I AGREE with Aine Myler of the Irish Auctioneers and Valuers Institute that some of the ghost housing estates should be demolished (Irish Independent, January 23).

It is better to get rid of them now than have them stay empty and become a prime location for crime and illegal activities.

This will further disfigure the villages around Ireland that were burdened with them. If they cannot be suitable for low-income housing participants then demolish them and develop the areas as green space.

Clare Flanagan

  • "I CAN calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people."

Isaac Newton said this after losing a fortune in the South Sea (property) Bubble of 1720. That's 290 years ago!

Paul O'Sullivan,
Donegal Town

  • SO another new drama is about to be rolled out. It will tell the real story of the banking crisis, behind closed doors.

The drama will feature a huge cast of well-known characters from the ranks of politicians, bankers and developers and is labelled a hilarious comedy with some nail-biting tension and gripping storytelling.

With a fairytale ending: everybody gets away scot-free and blameless.

Catherine Dolan
Tralee, Co Kerry

Irish Independent

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