Tuesday 23 July 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Women’s World Cup shows our men are second division'

Italy's Cristiana Girelli celebrates with team mates after scoring against Jamaica. Photo: Reuters
Italy's Cristiana Girelli celebrates with team mates after scoring against Jamaica. Photo: Reuters
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I have been watching the Fifa Women’s World Cup on RTÉ.

I have to admit I have never watched a full women’s soccer game before but the athleticism, football skills and lack of pretence has been great to watch and creates a great role model for our daughters.

I also have to admit many of these women’s teams make our men’s senior team (sorry, Mick) sadly look like second division.

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Damien Carroll

Dublin

Three small steps point to environmental heaven

May I be so bold as to suggest three simple ideas to start changing our environment: 1. Plant trees everywhere; 2. Protect our hedgerows; 3. Free bus and Luas into our city centre. Let’s get going.

Paul Doran

Clondalkin, Dublin 22

We need to show some bottle in our battle to save planet

Is there any hope of reverting to more products coming in glass bottles (with a built-in charge)? Instead of putting these bottles into recycling bins, they would be bought back, either by the shop or a new type of shop that buys them, then sorted and sold back to the manufacturer of the product. They would have them sterilised and re-used.

This may cost more, but we are either serious about saving the planet or not. Putting glass into the current recycling system must use vast amounts of energy to convert it back into re-usable glass.

Eamon Ward

Co Wexford

Waterford Airport’s €5m will be a win-win for some

Tim Morrissey criticises TD John Halligan (Letters, Irish independent, June 17) for his defence of the €5m contribution to Waterford Airport, after Mr Halligan insisted that he would be flying for at least the next 50 years.

I don’t doubt that this criticism might be valid, but I think we are not looking at the larger picture.

The more Government money that is given to airports that have no flights, the less money there is to give to airports that are actually used by aeroplanes (airplanes for anyone born after 2000).

For ecologists, and TDs who represent constituencies not unadjacent to Waterford Airport, it’s a win-win situation.

Harry Charalambou

Muswell Hill, London, UK

Morsi’s death raises further questions about Trump

As US President Donald Trump spouts democracy and is seemingly on the warpath with Iran, it would be interesting to learn his opinion on the death akin to manslaughter of Mohamed Morsi – Egypt’s only ever democratically elected president – which should be thoroughly investigated.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, UK

Moynihan courage gives hope to other women who suffered

Majella Moynhan's courage in revealing the humiliating treatment she received at the hands of her then Garda “superiors” is to be applauded (Irish Independent, June 17).

It exposes another dark chapter in Irish misogyny when women were treated as outcasts if they dared break the harsh sexual mores of that time. Thankfully we are becoming a softer and more tolerant community where strict moral rules have been jettisoned in favour of a more compassionate society. Hopefully, Ms Moynihan’s courage will encourage other women who suffered a similar fate to come forward out of the shadows into a more accepting Ireland.

Brendan Butler

Malahide, Co Dublin

Will morals of our time be judged wrong in the future?

The recent media case of Majella Moynihan is again highlighting the ongoing problem of retrospective morality.

There have been lots of recent cases of people looking for justice for wrongs done in the past. Some of these wrongs were at the time seen to be the correct way of dealing with various situations that arose and which society deemed to be incorrect. It is with great ease that we can look back and apply today’s moral values on past situations.

Because society and our morals are continuously in flux, how are we to be sure our present actions will not in the future be seen as wrong?

We cannot progress retrospectively, we can learn from our past mistakes but cannot continue to pay for them indefinitely.

Ray Dunne

Enfield, Co Meath

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