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Donald Trump at his recent press conference in New York. ‘The incoming US president has been elected to serve the US people who voted for him, not to appease the Irish’. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

Donald Trump at his recent press conference in New York. ‘The incoming US president has been elected to serve the US people who voted for him, not to appease the Irish’. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

Donald Trump at his recent press conference in New York. ‘The incoming US president has been elected to serve the US people who voted for him, not to appease the Irish’. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

Is it the job of Donald Trump to appease the Irish and keep Cork people working in Apple?

No. His first job is to serve the US people who voted him in, give them jobs and make America great again.

Mr Trump won't care about the negative commentators here who find offence in everything he says or does. He won't care if there is a 'Prime Time' special on what allegedly happened in Russia.

Judge him when his term is over.

The tears shed when Barack Obama was elected have been long washed away and forgotten.

People may show empathy and concern, but providing for their families and their future is what most Americans want.

If the incoming US president does make America great again to the detriment of jobs here, then so be it.

Maybe then these negative commentators will turn on leaders closer to home, whose promises have melted like the snow.

They have forgotten that to make Ireland great again you have to stop looking over the fence into your neighbour's garden and commentating on it.

It's time we showed a work ethic and reaped what we sow. Which, to date, has been crumbs off the big nations' tables.

Paul O'Leary

Bandon, Co Cork

We need beds before cath labs

I read about Junior Minister John Halligan's breathtaking success in forcing the Government to establish a second, mobile cardiac catheterisation lab in Waterford Regional Hospital (Irish Independent, January 14).

This, of course, is only a temporary measure until a second permanent cath lab is established. Yet this will still not be enough, as nothing less than two cath labs with a 24/7 service would be acceptable.

One wonders how the population serviced by my own hospital in Letterkenny can be satisfied with a mobile cath lab, which visits the hospital for one day a week.

No mention has been made of the cost of this temporary and potentially permanent new service. The cost of renting the mobile cath lab will be expensive, but one must also factor in the staffing costs.

Should, as demanded, a 24/7 service be established, then with this second lab the hospital will require not twice but five times as many staff as currently employed.

Every new service expansion is never properly planned and funded. I see no reason why this will not be the case again. Every new service requires the provision of extra beds - however, this never happens. As a result, the existing services suffer, and this, unfortunately, usually means planned or elective surgery.

In recent years, health spending has focused on prevention and screening and this is quite commendable.

The early detection of cancer and early treatment of cardiac problems prolongs lives and also improves the quality of lives, and there is no doubting this.

However, every new service has bed implications but these are never adequately resourced.

We have witnessed the establishment of screening services, the building of new emergency medicine facilities and government targets for access to and speed of treatment.

Yet, to date, the single action that would have made any difference has been ignored. Unless there is a significant provision of extra hospital beds planned, planned or elective surgery will continue to be cancelled.

For years, the Department of Health has outsourced surgery to the private sector through the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF). Had all this money been used to build infrastructure and provide extra beds in our public hospitals, then our current crisis may not exist.

Providing high-quality services such as a second cardiac cath lab in the absence of providing basic facilities in the form of extra beds is ridiculous.

Peter O'Rourke, FRCS (Orth)

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon,

Letterkenny University Hospital, Co Donegal

Our schools work already

Hesitant with homelessness, baffled by Brexit, and hopeless with hospitals? Predictably, our Government will respond by meddling with something that actually works most of the time - schools.

It might even stir up a noisy and distracting Church-State row as well and so win media plaudits.

Pádraig Lenihan

Dangan Upper, Co Galway

Dance show needs a turkey

So RTÉ believes that we should watch a group of 'celebrities' learning how to dance for two hours during prime time.

Give us a break.

How about half-an-hour of edited highlights with commentary by Dustin the Turkey?

John P Masterson

Carrickane, Co Cavan

The smell of burning bridges

With Brexit in the UK and exit in Stormont, have members of the Northern Ireland Assembly burned their bridges behind them?

Leo Gormley

Dundalk, Co Louth

Where the streets have no pain

The return of U2 to Croke Park on July 22, when they will play the 'Joshua Tree' album live, will be a huge event for their loyal fans.

Close on 80,000 tickets were sold out in just 10 minutes.

U2 are hardly in need of the money, as they have been earning huge sums for over 30 years.

Considering Bono's well-publicised social conscience, wouldn't it be a considerable event if U2 and their friends were to donate the proceeds of their Croker gig to the Peter McVerry Trust for the homeless - so our streets have no pain?

Such generosity might even be matched by the great people in Croke Park, who run the GAA.

Liam Lawlor

Ballyneety, Co Limerick

Mountbatten appeal

I am a British biographer writing a book on the life of Lord and Lady Mountbatten.

I am keen to talk to anyone who might have information about them, and especially Lord Mountbatten's death.

I am happy to talk in confidence and off the record, and can be contacted at lownie@globalnet.co.uk.

Andrew Lownie

London, UK

Irish Independent