Sunday 26 January 2020

Letters to the Editor: 'Our ageing population must be treated with compassion'

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Dan O’Brien was cogent in drawing our attention to the scourge of loneliness that is afflicting our rapidly ageing populations (Irish Independent, December 26).

It is fundamental to our values that people who have contributed enormously to their communities, and who once cared for us, deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

We should expunge the forces of evil, greed and apathy that have started to seep into our societies, and create a fairer society bound by togetherness, unity, compassion, neighbourliness and moral compass, and start to take this issue more seriously by channelling our revenues to revolutionise social and health care to remain in pace with medical and technological advancements.

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Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, UK


‘Angelus’ is an Irish tradition that shouldn’t offend anyone

Referring to Mr Bury’s letter (Irish Independent, December 26) with regard to the ‘Angelus’, I think that it is he who is the person showing intolerance.

Nobody in Ireland, be they Protestant (as I am), Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or of any other faith, is offended by the pealing of bells at noon and 6pm.

It is part of the tradition of Ireland and different people will listen to it and interpret it in their own way.

It is sad that a person living away from the country can find fault with our traditions.

Richard Williams

Address with editor


We need courage to deal with our attitude towards drink

Could I suggest that the three operating words of Leo Varadkar’s comments on Ireland’s archaic licensing laws are ‘in other countries’.

Irish attitudes to drink are fairly unique compared to those in other countries.

Night-life is more often a drinking life. Ask any local resident (tourists come and go), street cleaner or hard-pressed staff member of our A&E hospital departments.

Michael McDowell previously tried but failed to get a debate, never mind a law, on café culture as an alternative to bars.

Changing the licensing law in favour of longer opening hours is pushing an open door.

Opening that door on discussion and education around drinking attitudes will take a lot more time and effort when compared to the passage of a law.

Personal responsibility and reassurances that sensible consumption or non-consumption of alcohol are perfectly acceptable, are needed.

Having the courage as individuals to deal with our attitude and behaviour towards drinking would alleviate the hurt and damage that alcohol is causing within our society.

Joan Murphy

Address with editor


Trump isn’t getting credit he deserves for his achievements

I write about what I believe is your bias against US President Donald Trump.

Some of your articles may have information showing a little positivity towards the president, but only after the initial headline depicts him in a negative light or as an opinion piece against him.

Remember, so many speculated that his economy would go nowhere. But, in fact, his economy has taken off by most accounts.

Take-home pay has gone up, unemployment is very, very low, employment is at its highest level ever and the amount of people in poverty has decreased.

But people talk about his morals or mistruths and things he says a lot.

I would agree that there are things he says which are not what one might expect from a president. But surely actions are a million times more important.

I talk to people who say they really dislike certain politicians and accuse them of lying or being immoral. But when I ask them about policies or achievements, they have absolutely no idea. It’s crazy. People seem to believe what they read without questioning anything these days.

Tom Smyth

Address with editor


When it comes to fitting in with the crowd, it’s in the bag

Is it only me, but in these “sales” days after Christmas one feels like a child of a lesser god getting on the bus home, surrounded by bulging shopping bags, if one doesn’t have at least the one requisite bag. Mind you, the man in the newsagents baulked a tad at putting my Irish Independent into a large bag.

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont, Dublin 9

Irish Independent

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