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Out of reach up in her chamber’s windows, the blue of a starry sky high up in the castle tower above, she resides these nights and days, absented from my lyrical forays, probably reclining on her chaise, my muse no longer mine I swear, sips nectar from a silver goblet, while I choose to idle by this way on a winged steed, to glance aside to receive her smile if she appears whenever the clouds are cumulus, silently instilling me with wonder as I pass on a pure white Pegasus.

Matt Mooney

Listowel, Co Kerry

 

New government has to stem departure of health workers

We have now elected 160 enthusiastic men and women to the 33rd Dáil. The hype and furore has now dissipated and the tiredness has all but evaporated.

Now for the task at hand and the most serious one facing these elected men and women, excusing the Greens, is the immediate removal of those damn posters and more importantly the binding tape, injuries from which have added greatly to our overrun and serious health situation.

As a GP, I’m fed up treating these injuries, from eye damage to bike accidents.

Good luck to the incoming government trying to attract 2,500 to 4,000 medical professionals back home when we as GPs can’t even get locums to cover illness and holidays.

If I can make one prediction, looking at the present political impasse and the possible future landscape with increased taxes for professionals, I can see a greater outflow of our young doctors and nurses from our troubled shores. With power comes greater responsibility and accountability.

Dr Aidan Hampson

Artane, Dublin 5

 

Fianna Fáil must remember power can’t come at any price

Power at any price is not a good idea. When I am reading the coercive words of Colette Browne (‘Fianna Fáil can slink off to lick its wounds – or help deliver what the country wants’, Comment, February 12) to Fianna Fáil and its voters, which were basically along the lines of ‘take one for the team, mumble an apology to Breege Quinn, avoid the Olivers when you next see them, set your moral compass spinning’, I think ‘yet another supposedly educated person who doesn’t know the simple difference between wrong and right’.

If the foundation of government is built on moral quicksand, the whole structure will become toxic very quickly.

And that’s not giving Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael a free pass. They need to take a long, hard look at their calibre of candidate, their work on the ground and their policies. That long, hard look needs to be done in opposition, which is an essential component of functional democracy. I have to admire Leo Varadkar’s clarity of thought and unequivocal “no means no”.

M Matthews

Dunleer, Co Louth

 

Fine Gael is happy to stand with Sinn Féin when it suits

They say a country gets the leaders, politicians, etc, it deserves. On that basis no one can complain about the electoral success of Sinn Féin. It’s called the will of the people.

Fine Gael is assuming the moral high-ground, and grandiosely declared it would never countenance going into government with Sinn Féin. Yet backtrack a few short years to the abortion referendum and what did we see? Fine Gael and Sinn Féin (and indeed most of the establishment parties) regularly appeared together in total unison; absolute ideological bedfellows.

It’s strange the issues that unite some people. So it seems Fine Gael and Sinn Féin have more in common than the former, at least, would care to admit.

Eric Conway

Navan, Co Meath

 

Numbers don’t add up on this being a genuine bid by SF

Can you solve this puzzle: if Sinn Féin canvassed on the basis of no Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael in government (which I know it did) and puts up 42 candidates, how did it plan to make up the other 38 seats? What were its projections for the other parties if it expected a maximum of 42? Surely it did the maths?

Was Sinn Féin canvassing with the intention of actually being the government after the election? Was it really hoping to maximise its seats and remain in opposition?

If it is the case that it was to maximise its seats (up to 42) and avoid actually being the government (by capping its seats), does this strategy apply to its manifesto also?

So the big question has to be is the Sinn Féin manifesto an opposition one or one that is intended to solve the real and genuine suffering of those who voted for it?

I would like to know. Hundreds of thousands of others might too.

Caitriona McClean

Lucan, Co Dublin

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