Monday 21 October 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Ian's approach doesn't skirt the issue of school uniforms'

St Brigid's National School in Greystones. Photo: Mark Condren
St Brigid's National School in Greystones. Photo: Mark Condren
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Ian O'Doherty's article ('Review', Irish Independent, June 29) on the decision of St Brigid's National School in Greystones to allow boys to wear skirts and girls wear trousers as part of their school uniform is an excellent piece of writing.

It’s essential reading for us all. Full of common sense. We must stop losing the run of ourselves in this country.

Brian McDevitt

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Glenties, Co Donegal

We need more ‘giant leaps for mankind’ and fewer walls

On July 20, it will be 50 years since the landing on the moon happened – or the fake moon landing filming finished, as some would have it.

It seems unbelievable that some still believe that it was all fake. What is also unbelievable is that we gave up on lunar exploration, although the journey to Mars now being discussed is far more challenging.

There is a need to revive science and the belief in science which may then lead to improved funding.

Money should be spent on preventing diseases rather than preventing immigrants.

Google says the approximate funding of Nasa is $21.5bn and of US Defence is $686.1bn, which gives a comparison that is scary. The country may soon have strong walls ‘protecting’ the masses who fall ill to some new disease!

Science needs funding and society needs a way to stop fake news and misguided conspiracy supporters before we will be able to make another giant leap for mankind.

Dennis Fitzgerald

Melbourne, Australia

Savage practices are not deserving of our support

In addition to the savage ill-treatment of dogs exposed by the ‘RTÉ Investigates’ programme on the greyhound industry, there’s the question of prominent coursing officials filmed heading to an illegal hare coursing event on Whiddy Island.

Thousands of hares are targeted annually by coursing clubs that receive a licence from a Government department authorising them to snatch these unfortunate animals, not for any supposed pest control or scientific purposes, but for use as live bait.

On the coursing fields, hares are terrorised, mauled, have their bones crushed, and are tossed about like broken toys.

While stating that he was upset by what he saw on the programme, Tánaiste Simon Coveney added that the industry deserved “to be supported”.

I disagree. I suggest that its disbandment and dissolution should be supported.

John Fitzgerald

Callan, Co Kilkenny

It’s time to take a stand over cruelty of greyhound industry

The “horrified” response of Minister Andrew Doyle to the ‘Prime Time Investigates’ exposé of the savage cruelty underpinning the greyhound racing industry is disingenuous in the extreme.

It is simply not credible that he could have been unaware of the systematic and routine abuse of animals perpetrated by those involved in greyhound racing.

Campaigning groups have, for years, been highlighting the high kill rates of healthy dogs, the deaths on the tracks and the appalling treatment of Irish greyhounds exported to disreputable third countries.

Was the minister not listening to the several submissions made in Dáil Éireann before last year’s Greyhound Racing Act was passed, when concerns about all of these abuses were raised?

It is time now for Irish people to take a stand, and demand that our hard-earned taxes are no longer used to prop up this moribund industry.

Nuala Donlon

Spokesperson, Greyhound Action Ireland

May shows double standards in Putin poisoning lecture

It is appropriate that British Prime Minister Theresa May is demanding accountability from Russian President Vladimir Putin relating to last year’s poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the English town of Salisbury.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar must be no less demanding for British accountability regarding the release of the files pertaining to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in 1974 and the 1971 random killings by members of the Parachute Regiment stationed in Ballymurphy in west Belfast of 11 people in hugely controversial circumstances.

In lecturing Mr Putin on the Skripal issue while simultaneously ignoring her government’s obligations in regard to the atrocities in Dublin, Monaghan and Ballymurphy, Mrs May is adopting double standards.

Tom Cooper

Templeogue, Dublin 6

Irish Independent

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