“May you live in interesting times,” is supposedly an old Chinese curse. In 2020, the entire world population indeed lives in a most interesting time.
So many great strides in mankind in the past 30 years alone have made the world a very small place: ease of travel; communication to read the digital Irish Independent; trillionaires by the bucketload who can buy anything they wish for.
From 1946 to 1989, the West wasted billions of dollars and innumerable lives fighting communism. Yet out of the blue emerges a tiny virus that can only be seen with a microscope, with the ability to travel to every corner of the globe in a matter of weeks.
If “we’re all in this together”, are we not all communists today?
Higgins and Martin should have maintained their silence
Days after completion of compensation proceedings for faulty cervical smear test analysis, Ruth Morrissey has died.
I had one of the better days today; and I’m 30 years older than Ruth Morrissey.
I was driving back from the last of the four local beaches I visited this beautiful Sunday afternoon. I switched on the wireless in the car for the 7pm news.
Úachtarán na hÉireann expressed his condolences to her family. An Taoiseach did the same. Both referred to the fighting spirit and caring nature of Ruth Morrissey. The head of state and the prime minister of this State that failed her.
Her proceedings were fully contested by agents of this State – our State – despite political assurances that this would not happen. As her husband stated through the family solicitor, Cian O’Carroll, neither our State nor our Health Service Executive ever apologised. And it is now too late.
Michael D Higgins and Micheál Martin should have maintained the silence of the shame which lies upon them as representatives of us all.
May Ruth Morrissey rest in peace.
Rosslare Harbour, Co Wexford
Doctors should prescribe a ban on cheap alcohol
May I suggest that as well as or instead of keeping pubs closed, medics prescribe the termination of the off-licence selling of the inexpensive alcohol that fuels over-drinking?
After all, that in turn fuels not only irrational thinking but also slows down the speeds with which immune systems respond to virus attacks.
€50 cut in weekly pandemic payment is business as usual
Perhaps Cormac McQuinn’s choice of words could have been better (‘Pandemic payment to be cut by €50 per week in the autumn’, Irish Independent, July 20).
He states that plans to cut the €350 pandemic support paid to workers, while at the same time “injecting cash into businesses”, was a case of the Government trying to chart a way back to the “normal management of the State finances”.
Accuracy may have been better served by replacing “normal management” with “usual management” – as in “business as usual”?
EU leaders should give their new greeting the elbow
Being a lifetime user of the humble handkerchief and silently and sadly watching it ignored as a defence against the spread of the current pandemic, can someone explain what kind of message Angela Merkel and other EU leaders are trying to convey when greeting each other with a touch of their elbows?
John F Higgins
Decisions about travel have nothing to do with health
What criteria does this Government follow since the “lifting” of lockdown? What, for example, is the contention we only take “essential” flights and otherwise for travel abroad? All travel is either one or the other. Who decides?
There is the thinking that overseas travel is essential and there is the vague notion that Dáil Éireann and or medical advisers are duty bound to have arbitration over the legitimate decision-making of a supposed free people.
This has nothing to do with health, especially when overseas tourists from foreign parts, riddled with Covid-19, are invited to come to Ireland in their thousands.
I would hope people are not taking lightly this control of our movements, for its own sake.
Bantry, Co Cork