Can we please stop this charade Fianna Fáil and particularly Fine Gael are playing out in the media?
It is so transparent it is almost getting to the point of embarrassment.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael should just stop going through the motions and either jump into bed with each other or call another election.
As for Fianna Fáil crying “the people don’t want another election” or Fine Gael crying “in the interest of the country”, every one with half a brain knows its Fine Fáil and
Fine Gael who are terrified of another election and what further damage it will do to the drastically reduced seats they clung
on to if Sinn Féin declared more candidates in another election and reduced either of them to even less relevance on the political scene.
It is severely damaging to democracy in this country if two parties can simply refuse to talk to a third party that clearly won the popular vote and manage to keep either or both of them in power for as long as they collaborate with each other, to maintain a political grip they have held between them for 100 years.
This effectively means they can circumvent the will of the people indefinitely. It also means Sinn Féin might as well throw the towel in.
The stark truth is Sinn Féin has tried and failed and has no future as a political party as long as we have a system where the longer-established parties can collaborate and simply refuse to talk to them to extend for another century the power to continue the boom and bust policies Ireland is renowned for.
Lawyers will need more than law to find themselves a job
Katherine Donnelly reports (Irish Independent, March 10) a projected CAO demand for almost 3,000 places in law.
The applicants need to be aware that because of an existing oversupply of legals their job prospects are not great and, unfortunately, legal graduates are not as “exportable” as the other professions – medicine, nursing, teaching, engineering – so there is nowhere to go.
Their only option may be “ambulance chasing” or, worse still, translating EU documents into Irish for a certain minister’s bed-time reading.
If the proposed legal reforms on compensation ever come to fruition, things will only get worse.
The legal curriculum needs to include something like history, psychology or a language to provide a parallel type arts degree so that disappointed graduates can immediately qualify to pursue a career in something useful, like teaching.
Dr Michael Foley MD
Masks are first and best defence to defeat Covid-19
The Covid-19 virus is spreading rapidly and it is now a very major problem. It seems the conventional infection control measures, as applied, have not and will not now prevent a global spread.
There is one non-conventional infection control approach which I suggest – and which I believe is the only hope we have – to stop this virus spreading in Ireland.
Take the analogy of an overflowing sink. Many efforts can be made on the ground to contain the water, such as using sponges, sandbags and barriers of all kind, when the sensible approach is to try to turn off the
In the case of Covid-19, the tap is represented by the noses and mouths of those who have been infected.
This includes not only those who have symptoms, but also some with no symptoms, and some who have recovered after symptoms.
Many will be unknown and this is the main reason why conventional control measures are failing.
The main route of spread for respiratory viruses is air with contaminated droplets. The only approach with any hope of preventing the viral spread, therefore, is to turn off this tap by insisting that everybody should now begin to wear a mask when at work or when out and about.
It is most important that this is done where there are already infections identified and to start now rather than later.
Nothing will be 100pc effective at preventing spread but mask-wearing will reduce dramatically the number of viral particles getting into the air from an infected individual.
At the same time it will reduce the number of susceptible individuals getting an infecting dose from contaminated air.
Dr Jim Clair