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'Nothing works and everything is broken. Covid covered the first two years of this tragic government'. Pictured, Taoiseach Micheál Martin

'Nothing works and everything is broken. Covid covered the first two years of this tragic government'. Pictured, Taoiseach Micheál Martin

'Nothing works and everything is broken. Covid covered the first two years of this tragic government'. Pictured, Taoiseach Micheál Martin

According to RTÉ, 93pc of pledged offers of accommodation for Ukrainian refugees have been withdrawn. Newspapers report on refugees sleeping on floors in hotels.

Meanwhile, both the Kerry hurling team and Mayo football team couldn’t afford to overnight in Dublin City; a lady is quoted €18,000 for a week’s rental of a six-seater; the country is leaderless – and service station prices for fuel are neon-lighting the climbing costs of living.

The Taoiseach reminds me of the guy at the bar as the night ends. “Come back to my place and stay the night. As long as ye like.”

Meanwhile, the wife wakes up in the morning to a house full of mayhem, bodies everywhere, mouths to be fed. Mr Martin seems to think that somehow Ireland should retro-fit itself to shore up his grandstanding amid “world leaders”.

We are in a mess. Nothing works and everything is broken. Covid covered the first two years of this tragic government.

Boris is walking over us. They seem hell-bent on using the Ukraine issue to fig-leaf the next two years. Go. In the name of God. You’re not up to it.

John Cuffe

Dunboyne, Co Meath 

Closure of citizens’ resource a blow for information access

The closure of the Rathmines Citizen Information Centre is just another nail in the coffin of freedom to access information for the citizen. This is happening all over the country and has been actively pursued by the board of CIS for several years.

Moving this service online is effectively stopping large swathes of our citizens from accessing their information, as many of our citizens, for various reasons, cannot access or use computers and therefore need the ‘one citizen to another’ service which has, up to now, been their lifeline. 

Computers can never replace the human empathy and advice shared by the volunteers.

This must stop and I ask the Minister for Social Protection to act and protect this service.

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Gerry Ashe PC

Dublin 16

Let the students get on with it.  Distractions don’t help

There was tangible relief when the state exams finally got under way last Wednesday.

Like many important milestones, the anticipation was worse than the event itself.

Once the papers were distributed on the first morning, the candidates warmed to their task. Some 131,431 candidates entered for the state exams this year, 63,383 for the Leaving Cert and 68,048 for the Junior Cycle.

The entries are up about 5.7pc on the last comparable figure of 124, 379 in 2019, reflective of Ireland’s increasing population.

With the exams continuing until the June 28, it’s essential that speculation by politicians and academics about related events be dampened down lest it distract or upset the candidates.

The young people who have worked so hard in very difficult circumstances must be allowed to concentrate on the task in hand, namely to perform to the best of their ability in the exam centre.

Divisive commentary about the late publication of exam results, eligibility for the July deferred Leaving Cert exam, grade inflation, potential points requirements for third-level courses and the likely release date of college offers is an unwelcome distraction for youngsters in the middle of exams.

All of these issues will be resolved in timely fashion after the final curtain has fallen on the exams.

Education Minister Norma Foley has shown outstanding leadership and common sense in delivering Leaving Cert assessments and results during the past two years. She has taken a very student-centred approach in her decision making.

I’m confident that she will produce a workable timeline that will allow young people to advance seamlessly to the next phase of life’s journey.

Billy Ryle

Tralee, Co Kerry

‘Ronseal’ O’Brien fails to achieve perfect, lasting finish

READING the headline, ‘Old-style Fianna Fáil “stroke” as last-minute law change allows big parties to raise millions’ (Irish Independent, June 11), I was reminded of a temporary nickname that almost stuck to Michael McDowell in the 2000s.

That nickname was ‘Ronseal’ because of McDowell’s apparent prowess at delivering whatever electoral success required in “smooth effortless strokes”.

While Darragh O’Brien, the Fianna Fáil Minister overseeing the “stroke” referred to in the headline, is not in the same league as McDowell when it comes to spoofing, the same nickname could apply.

Unlike Ronseal, O’Brien never seems to be able to do “what it says on the tin”

Jim O’Sullivan

Rathedmond, Co Sligo


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