Tuesday 19 March 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Children will pay the heaviest price for hospital overspend'

'Sick children will be forced to wait indefinitely for this world-class vanity facility when all they ever wanted was a functional, efficient and accessible hospital' Stock photo
'Sick children will be forced to wait indefinitely for this world-class vanity facility when all they ever wanted was a functional, efficient and accessible hospital' Stock photo
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

To put the much-hyped world-class children’s hospital overspend and wastage into perspective, all one has to do is a simple sum. According to the OECD, in 2017 the average annual tax paid by PAYE workers in Ireland was around €8,000.

Therefore, the overspend of circa €1.3bn will require around 162,500 workers at all levels to slave for a full year, only to see their hard-earned tax vanish down the swanny.

Many will suffer as a direct result, and many urgent projects will be delayed or suspended indefinitely. To paraphrase Leo Varadkar and the Government, ‘not much to worry about here, we are where we are and hopefully we’ll end up someday with a world-class hospital’.

Sadly, sick children will be forced to wait indefinitely for this world-class vanity facility when all they ever wanted was a functional, efficient and accessible hospital to improve their quality of life and make them better.

And of course, as is the norm in these rather irksome matters, no one was held accountable and no one will ever be sanctioned, even when the overrun inevitably exceeds €2bn. God help us all, but suffer on the little children in the meantime.

John Leahy

Wilton Road, Co Cork

We are wasting our resources fixing trendy issues on rights

Western society is killing itself with zeitgeist homeopathy: the more irrelevant an issue is to the overall population, the more attention and resources are flung at it, and anyone daring to call out the absurdity can expect to be burned as a heretic on these bonfires of the vanities.

For example, every day sees another multiple-signed ‘open letter’ by ‘influencers’ regarding the latest piece on rights.

Psychologists would excuse it as displacement behaviour.

Who wouldn’t wish to focus instead on the comfort of minor, fixable trifles in an increasingly complex, troubled world – and hope the rest sorts itself out (or at least doesn’t come to bite them)?

But let’s call this for what it is: self-indulgence. Remember ‘albinism awareness’ after ‘The Da Vinci Code’? Or ‘ginger rights’? Those in power squandering the enormous power they have to transform the lives of the majority for the better, concentrating instead on the current fashionable micro ‘cause’, publicly congratulating themselves for being such broad-minded fine fellows while perpetuating a wretched status quo for the majority.

It’s how the rich and powerful behaved in the courtly circles of the Bourbons and Romanovs.

You know how that ended.

Mark Boyle

Renfrewshire, Scotland

Martin deserves great credit for supporting FG on Brexit

Many years from now when historians look at the Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil confidence-and-supply arrangement, credit will be given to Micheál Martin (and partly to his party) for putting the country first to help us through the Brexit debate when we all sang from the one song in the best interest of the country.

Well I want to give this credit to Mr Martin now and not 20 years from now. People in the Fianna Fáil party who are complaining that Micheál is giving Fine Gael “an easy ride” are not doing the country any real service.

This Brexit is the biggest hurdle any Irish Government has had to deal with for a very long time.

We need to be as one on this and thanks to Micheál and the sterling work of Simon Coveney/Helen McEntee we are doing that. I hope that some of his colleagues in Fianna Fáil are saying the same thing to him.

Unity of purpose for all of us to achieve the best arrangement with the UK for all of our futures.

This comes from an Irish man (and a Fine Gael supporter).

Donough O’Reilly

Kilmacud, Co Dublin

The form of our united rugby heroes hasn’t gone for a song

With the recent disappointing dip in form by our rugby team, I notice the hoary old chestnut of knocking ‘Ireland’s Call’ has yet again emerged from the woodwork. You never hear these arguments when we are beating the All Blacks twice, winning the Grand Slam, beating South Africa away and winning a series in Australia for the first time in 39 years. But when our team shows they are human by failing occasionally, such as at present or in losing a World Cup quarter-final, we are told “it is because of that song”.

As has been pointed out exhaustively, the rugby team represents the entire Irish nation including the element among our people who regard themselves as British and have British ethnicity. It does not represent this State, albeit our home games are played here and the games are usually attended by our President, whose pluralist credentials are well known.

Sean O’Donnell

Monkstown, Co Dublin

Irish Independent

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