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'Let’s all support our local independent businesses as best we can.'  Photo: Don Moloney

'Let’s all support our local independent businesses as best we can.' Photo: Don Moloney

Don Moloney

'Let’s all support our local independent businesses as best we can.' Photo: Don Moloney

THIS week I was in a local pharmacy and the woman serving me (who I know well from over the years, a gentle soul) had a very noticeable stutter I had never heard before.

I was almost in tears feeling her anxiety. The news narrative is wall-to-wall negative these days, especially since “the science” has the politicians in its grip.

How handy that they can blame it (the science) for the decision to keep everything locked down.

And you can smell the fear emanating from small business owners.

They can do nothing about their suppliers and landlords demanding payment, nothing about their customer base having disappeared overnight, nothing about their confidence being shot to bits, their future uncertain.

Let’s all support our local independent businesses as best we can. Let them know we will be ordering/buying from them when they reopen.

Order from them online if possible. Ask them if we can help. Give them a call.

We are social beings. I predict if lockdown continues the same way, personal relationships will go underground.

There will be a black market in love as we defy the emergency law that is cutting us off from being with the people we care about.

Alison Hackett

Dún Laoghaire, Dublin


Nation will be asked to carry the burden of ruin again

HOW soon will it be, in the midst of national and personal economic ruin, until TDs just shrug their collective shoulders and tell us feebly: “Well, we are where we are,and this could well be your own fault.”

This was the gist of the Fianna Fáil response to the 2008 collapse and later, when Fine Gael Taoiseach Enda Kenny went to Davos and told the world that “the Irish went mad” with borrowing and spending, and we were way in over our heads. Bailing out the vulture banks courtesy of this tiny island never got a mention by him, either.

What is coming soon by way of economic tsunami is a worse repeat of the same mad strategy, at this time when commerce is halted yet we can buy all the alcohol we want at the offie yet cannot go to a hardware store to buy a screwdriver.

Be heartily sick of these politicians who say the madness of house arrest is the answer to everything going forward.

And when the EU again demands that we pay its bills, the government will react by asking: “May we pay in advance, please?”

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co Cork


Four months into two weeks doesn’t go for Leaving Cert

I ASKED a young Leaving Cert student who we met on our daily walk – from a distance, of course – what she thought of the decision to still hold the exams in July.

Her answer: “We have two weeks in a classroom before the exams to make up four months’ work.” Can you just imagine the stress on these young students of that particular scenario? Cancel these exams and give these young people peace of mind. Their mental health is more important.

Brian McDevitt

Glenties, Co Donegal


FF and FG members set to pay price for their leadership

THE growing calls from members of the public – as evidenced by many letter writers to your paper – for a unity government that reflects the outcome of the last election are becoming more difficult to ignore.

Despite that, it seems the leadership of both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are determined to plough on and impose themselves on the people for another five years. It is time that grassroots members of both parties removed those leaderships. Failure to do so will carry severe repercussions. The change the people voted for last February must be vindicated.

Jim O’Sullivan

Rathedmond, Co Sligo


Irish Independent