Wednesday 11 December 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'If you have emigrated, stay away - this State is broken'

'I would also advise parents with children about to enter the workforce to help them get out of this country if possible' (stock photo)
'I would also advise parents with children about to enter the workforce to help them get out of this country if possible' (stock photo)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

After reading the Public Accounts Committee report on the outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money this and previous governments have been responsible for, I was left with only one piece of advice for anyone with children living abroad who may be thinking of returning to Ireland: Do not do it without reading what is going on in this country when it comes to how our political parties are spending taxpayers’ money.

I would also advise parents with children about to enter the workforce to help them get out of this country if possible.

The children’s hospital, broadband, industrial-sized printers to print their personal mail, etc, etc – quite simply, the people of this country are being farmed like sheep for the benefit of political parties and vested interest individuals.

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Anthony McGeough

Kingswood Heights, Dublin 24


Maybe Kate O’Connell et al finally have the blinkers off?

Can we hope that Kate O’Connell’s recent experience might move her and her colleagues, who are overseeing all the misery, to ditch the ideology and begin to govern with a bit of compassion and empathy? (‘Government TD Kate O’Connell’s shame after child’s A&E visit’, Irish Independent, November 28)

Just imagine the sea-change that might occur in addressing the shameful homelessness crisis if Ms O’Connell and her friends were given only a sleeping bag and made to hit the pavements for a night or two? Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced.

Jim O’Sullivan

Rathedmond, Co Sligo


The Church stepped up to the plate when Ireland needed it

I am glad to see that Anthony O’Leary (Letters, November 28) realises the danger of yielding too much unchecked influence to any entity, sovereign republics or indeed churches.

However, he is being a bit churlish in having a go at Church influence on schools and hospitals. Simply, the Church stood up to the mark when both were badly needed. As far as I am aware in many cases where local votes were held, parents were happy with the existing patronage. But I would agree with divestment, if that’s the preference.

Believe it or not, sometimes the Vatican exercises benign influence. Prior to the 1933 elections, Germans were strongly advised not to vote for the Nazis. Alas the advice was largely ignored, with the exception of the two Catholic states of Bavaria and Rhineland.

With power/influence comes responsibility.

Eric Conway

Navan, Co Meath


‘Generation Z’ might just turn out to be an apt name

Is there an apocalyptic significance to the designation ‘Generation Z’? Since we’ve used the last letter of the alphabet, does this mean that there won’t be any future generations after the Climate Apocalypse which is due any time now?

Tom Farrell

Swords, Co Dublin


Dáil papering over its errors with this new printing press

I’m perplexed to see, at a time the world is talking about saving the planet and not cutting down trees, that people in the Dáil consider it a good idea to buy a mega printer.

We are reminded on a daily basis that paperless is the future and most emails will also include a message suggesting they should not be printed unless necessary.

Perhaps the question is what information cannot be put online and needs to be printed for later recycling?

Owen Davin

Ferrybank, Co Waterford


Speeding is not the issue, it’s our inadequate traffic laws

Speed is the complement of motion. 1kmh is a speed, 100kmh is a speed, neither is dangerous of itself. What is dangerous is Speed Differential or Traffic Friction. Most countries (with better safety records than ours) have maximum/minimum limits, some, such as the USA, display this; 60mph is shown as 70 over 50. Travel at 71mph or 49mph – trouble.

The main danger being when one vehicle overtakes another, particularly on our inadequate roads, and speed is the single factor in only 6pc of road fatalities.

Our obsession with “speed” means that thoughtless drivers believe that it is safe to drive at 70kmh in a 100kmh zone.

Many countries have legislation which orders slow-moving vehicles with a train of more than a specified number of vehicles to pull-in and clear the road. We have neither the legislation or the roads to allow this.

Cal Hyland

Rosscarbery, West Cork

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