Wednesday 21 August 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Irish women must do the write thing for our media'

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Eve Parnell (Letters, Irish Independent, May 16) cites the number of male epistles in the Irish media to signify Ireland’s media is ‘male’ biased: “By excluding women, they’re missing out on a whole load of sales.”

Personally, I think, not enough Irish women feel bold enough to write to the editor. We need – no, want – women like Eve to encourage other Irish women to write on any subject that they feel requires public attention.

Mná na hÉireann are the descendants of Queen Maeve; Grace O’Malley, Maud Gonne, Lady Gregory, Cumman na mBan and ‘Cathleen Ni Houlihan’ to name but a small number of great Irish women.

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No editor would turn down a well-penned letter, irrespective of the sex of the author. Practise makes perfect – so come on ladies get to it, we need your views on every facet of life, every day.

Declan Foley

Berwick, Australia

Men suffer violent domestic abuse too and need our help

On reading your article on sleeping with the enemy, coercive control, I was somewhat dismayed and very disappointed by the obvious bias in the article.

While it did state that either women or men can be victims of coercive control, the listings down along were all relating to “him”; furthermore the addresses and contact numbers for support at the end of the article were only for women and did not mention one for men, eg, Amen.

Yes, indeed there are women suffering across the country every day and night and there are also plenty of men out there who are suffering too. In my work I have become aware there is serious under-reporting of domestic violence against men.

Males in these situations are equally as vulnerable and as isolated. I welcome articles like this one which are so important to highlight the very serious nature of coercive control but, please, in future list all support services.

Tricia Healy

Address with editor

Broadband plan an issue of equal rights for everyone

I love reading ‘Keane’s Kingdom’ every Saturday in your newspaper. The article (Irish Independent, May 11) on the Government’s broadband plan for rural Ireland is a brilliant piece of writing.

He knows rural Ireland and what this plan would mean to the lives of so many. In particular children: “Kids in rural Ireland who do not have broadband are being victimised.”

So like Billy, I say to the powers that be: get on with it. Be brave. Deliver. Should never be about money. It’s all about equal rights for all.

Brian McDevitt

Glenties, Co Donegal

Legendary Three Sisters aren’t from the same cradle

The Suir, Nore and Barrow rivers are known as the Three Sisters but it doesn’t follow that they were born in the same place. The source of the Barrow is the Slieve Bloom Mountains and not the Devil’s Bit, which is the cradle of the Suir. Even Homer nods!

Margaret Hogan

Thurles, Co Tipperary

Boss finds a new way to turn up the pressure on workers

We read that in China the boss of tech giant Alibaba is urging his employees to have sex six times in six days. Puts pressure, one imagines, on those working a five-day week...

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont Dublin 9

Geography of today may be the dinosaur of tomorrow

Geography is a very important and interesting subject on the primary and secondary syllabus.

Can any of your (older) readers recall a geography book ‘Bonn Agus Forscreamh na hÉireann’?

Our school taught every subject through Irish. We learned that huge creatures roamed the earth, on land, in the sea and in the air. We never knew the names of these creatures not to mention seeing pictures of them.

Now, my grandchildren have not only pictures of the various tauruses (tauri) but have models of them and can sing off the names of these prehistoric creatures, all of which makes the subject more real and interesting.

We learned that huge creatures roamed the earth and I quote from memory – “Bhi said ag eitilt san aer, ag snamh san fharraige agus ag snagadh ar an dtalamh” – roughly translated as flying in the air, swimming in the sea and wallowing on land; no pictures or models – just our imagination. How did we cope?

If this subject has changed so much in 60 years, what can its future be in 60 years’ time?

Úna Ní Raibeáird

Portlaois, Co Laois

Irish Independent

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