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Have bishops moved on the tampon TV ad row?

Letters to the Editor


The ad used the format of a talk show to discuss tampons

The ad used the format of a talk show to discuss tampons

The ad used the format of a talk show to discuss tampons

In 1944, John Charles McQuaid, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, told the minister for public health the bishops “very strongly disapproved” of tampons.

Some 76 years later, the Advertising Standards Authority has said an advert for tampons caused “widespread offence”, not because it was demeaning to women, contained sexual innuendo or was unsuitable for children, many of whom have periods, but because 84 people – out of a five million population – complained. The position of 21st century bishops was not disclosed.

Bernie Linnane

Dromahair, Co Leitrim


SF and reunification poll can follow Scottish model

I agree with Declan Foley (Letters, July 30) that Sinn Féin will probably form the next government with a healthy majority and Mary Lou McDonald as Taoiseach.

With his long stint as leader of the opposition, Micheál Martin was happy to grasp the top job with Leo Varadkar clinging ingloriously to office as his deputy.

As in Scotland, where the SNP eventually became the ruling body and is poised to wrest a second independence referendum, Ms McDonald and Sinn Féin will soon prevail and a reunification referendum will be held.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, UK


Iconic works help us learn and should not be banned

I, like many other readers of fictional and sometimes fact-based novels, find it incredible that iconic novels written in the 1930s and 1960s are now becoming hot topics of discussion in county councils here.

‘Of Mice and Men’, published in 1937, tells the story of two migrant workers searching for job opportunities in parts of America.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, published in 1960, was about a white lawyer defending a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman in Alabama.

The idea that we would stop these iconic works being presented as school curriculum because of the sensitivities surrounding issues of racism is a step too far.

While I’m all for equality and justice, the fact we are now being dictated to on what we say, do or even read, is getting into the realms of George Orwell’s ‘1984’ – only it isn’t just governments using repressive methods, it is factions and minority groups and individuals within society dictating to us.

How many other councils will jump on this righteous bandwagon – and why now? Are people afraid they will be categorised as racist if they don’t speak up and take the moral high ground?

Are we to become the silent majority because we use words synonymous with racism in society, even though those from within those minority or ethnic communities use these very same words themselves.

Should we include ‘Paddy’ or ‘Mick’ as derogatory remarks towards the Irish? Should we ban Cavan or Kerry jokes or anything that makes fun of others?

Maybe we need to teach our children from an early stage what is and isn’t acceptable, using examples from these novels, rather than removing them altogether.

I will not stop reading or watching these iconic novels or films, and if people want to brand me as some form of outlier, so be it.

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal


Art is subjective and if you look for fault you will find it

Art always has and always will be subjective. The removal of art pieces from the Shelbourne facade proves this.

Because the mindset of the reactive few is tuned to look for fault it will be found everywhere they look. To me the pieces say, whether princess or pauper, they toil to bring light to the world equally, not forgetting both of them are black in skin colour.

Next we will be encouraged to dismantle the pyramids as they were built by slave labour.

Ray Dunne

Address with editor


Promoting Dollymount Strand leaves a bad smell

I heard Seán Moncrieff suggest on his Newstalk radio show a Howth promotional video featuring politician Richard Bruton, inviting us to holiday at home and swim with him in Dublin’s Dollymount Strand, showing him with the six-pack body of a superman.

Be that as it may, when I took a stroll along that beach one Sunday morning I spent an hour trying not to constantly gag because of the overwhelming stench of sewage which was all-pervasive.

I was gobsmacked at the number of people frolicking in the water and kite-surfing with abandon, seemingly unaware of the obvious elephant in the corner of their salty room. Is it a case that one can get used to anything if you’re around it long enough?

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co Cork

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