An open letter to all the elected representatives of the 33rd Dáil:
I am calling on elected representatives to immediately work together to impose severe and aggressive restrictions on the day-to-day running of this country.
Ireland is facing an unprecedented challenge due to Covid-19 that may affect every sector of society and will certainly have dire consequences for our health services and many citizens. We have seen what this virus does and how quickly it spreads.
While the chief medical officer may believe following ‘best case’ guidelines are the way
to go, it is evident from Italy, China and South Korea that life cannot continue as normal at the same time as trying to contain Covid-19. We need decisive leadership now.
To date, there has been very little questioning by elected representatives of the emergency team’s decisions.
However, while I understand the need to show a united front and not cause panic, the emergency group and our current acting government are not protected from criticism.
The decision to cancel the Italian rugby game was correct but they did not follow through and stop the fans from arriving. They did not tell people coming from affected areas to self-isolate.
Hand sanitiser use will have its pluses – and a minus
The most certain outcome of frequent hand sanitiser use is an increase in dermatitis and a decrease in gastroenteritis and other faecal-oral disease.
Dr John Doherty
Gaoth Dobhair, Co Dhún na nGall
Blame the media after I brought home all the bread
Purchasing the Irish Independent recently, a banner front page headline from another paper caught my eye: ‘Shops set to ration food.’
Never one to panic, I simply bought my 10 sliced pans and left.
Beaumont, Dublin 9
Critics of Ireland’s rugby squad send wrong message
I was bemused initially when I read columns condemning the Irish rugby team for its performances against Japan and Russia in the World Cup and then I began to feel very uncomfortable.
As a parent I believed in encouraging my children to get involved in every sport they could, and they did.
We spent hours at the side of pools and pitches cheering them to do their best and get involved.
Learning how to lose and accept that it doesn’t always go to plan was a tough lesson. There was more heartache than celebration but they never gave up.
They have made friends and travelled around the world through sport.
Fast forward to recent criticism of the Rugby World Cup players. I congratulate and celebrate the Irish RWC squad; they have not endured months of slog and training camps to travel to Japan to enjoy sushi and sake and chat to their children over FaceTime.
The disappointment etched on their faces is palpable and to then be subjected to ridicule and the insinuation they should be on the next plane home is a disgrace.
What lesson are we teaching our children here? If you don’t win, get off the pitch and don’t turn up next week? It’s OK for your peers to ridicule you?
It’s not the message I want to send at a time when we have an obesity crisis among out young people.
I want them all to get involved at whatever level they can, enjoy sport to the best of their ability and get great rewards.
To the RWC squad, I say well done to each and everyone of you guys.
Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
Geldof didn’t like any days in land of ‘police and priests’
Bob Geldof is 68, the same age as myself. I was in school with Bob and I have had nothing but the greatest admiration for him ever since.
Bob talks to John Meagher about how Ireland in the 1970s was the pits, in his ‘Culture’ article on the return of the Boomtown Rats (Irish Independent, Review, March 7) and I quote: “There was f**k all to do in this country when we started off. It really was the pits. I dreamed of a tolerant Ireland, but it seemed to be light years away.
“The song ‘Banana Republic’ was a coruscating meditation on the Ireland of the time, a place dominated – as the lyrics go – by ‘police and priests’.”
It was, Geldof says, “no country for young men – or women”.
Spot on Bob, spot on.
Brian Mc Devitt
Glenties, Co Donegal