Letters to the Editor: 'Addis Ababa has a better water supply than Ireland'
In 2006 I had the pleasure of serving on a military mission in the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia.
The city council was rightly proud of the fact that all of that fine city’s water supply was potable at all times of the year.
In Ireland, the second boil water notice concerning my local reservoir at Leixlip has just been announced, to my genuine surprise.
It begs the question: which of our great nations is truly in the so-called developed world?
Kevin Byrne, Lt Col (Retired)
Celbridge, Co Kildare
Government should censor horrific web pornography
I find it disturbing that young children and teenagers seem to have such easy access to horrific pornography on phones and iPads.
The violent attacks and murders that have been reported lately all mention the fact violent images and pornographic material was found on the perpetrators’ computers.
Why is it that I, as an adult, can’t buy a bottle of wine before 12.30pm on Sundays, can’t smoke in a pub or buy cannabis, and have to buy a licence to watch television and one for the dog? I can’t buy certain medicine without a prescription, yet a child can find horrific porn on his phone.
Surely the Government, expert at controlling us with licences for everything, could think of some form of censorship on the web.
Meadow Court, Naas, Co Kildare
We must truly understand the social needs of refugees
John Downing is cogent to remind us again of our humane responsibilities towards refugees and migrants (‘The duty to help migrants at risk is the price of being a human – but let’s talk more about how we do it’, Comment, November 4).
A lost generation of children and adults who have seen nothing but horrific images of war and devastation need to be taken seriously. Millions of refugees have fled their war-ravaged countries in pursuit of safety and security, with hosting communities, civil society groups, faith-based organisations and UN global humanitarian agencies such as WHO, Unesco, UNHCR and UNRWA among others struggling to provide essential services, health and social solidarity and support to refugees.
We need to comprehend further the challenges and opportunities that arise in such responses to mass displacement, or whether refugees’ experiences of agony, displacement, loss and need have been taken into account or have informed decision- and policy-makers in tailoring or shaping policies catered for their financial, political, social, educational, gender and religious needs.
Only then will we rise to the challenge and be human.
Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob
Gay deserved so much better from RTÉ’s televised tribute
I fully applaud the effort at RTÉ, but cringe at the content. To honour such a great visionary as Gay Byrne with such a random, clumsy show was a disgrace.
More Gay was needed, not mumbling, indecipherable and largely uninteresting people who clearly had no understanding of the man.
The show merely confirmed the fact he was a private man who kept himself to himself largely and he is greatly respected by us, the Irish people, that he represented in his broadcasting and journalism.
This was just a ‘who knew Gay’ exercise. Gay deserved more. He gave us so much more. We, the people, remember him for being for the people, not necessarily the celebrity he was painted.
God bless you, Gay, and I hope you, Gerry and Terry are having a great laugh tonight at your greatness on Earth.
We won’t again see the likes of a mesmerising TV icon
I distinctly remember, as a very young lad, staring in awe at this gentleman icon from television land on Dungloe main street. No doubt it was bad manners, but I was just mesmerised. As the saying goes: “We shall never see the likes again.” RIP, Gaybo.
Glenties, Co Donegal
Gaybo one of the few who made world a better place
So amny have said so much about Gay Byrne. I think he was one of a few in public life who made the world a better place by being in it.
Dalkey, Co Dublin