Negativity gets us nowhere. A letter in your paper (May 30) painted Ireland in a very bad light and was a very negative narrative on our country.
The writer brought up the IMF/EU bailout, politicians, and everything the past number of weeks had led us to forget.
Although the writer does bring us back to reality a little bit, his letter almost discourages people from visiting Ireland.
Ireland has a lot to offer tourists and I welcome the injection of visitors we are set to receive as a result of the royal and presidential visits.
Ireland is a breathtakingly beautiful country and our people are among the most ambitious and welcoming in the world.
I don't think being negative and trying to discourage people from visiting here is the best course of action in these difficult times.
During the recent visits, people temporarily forgot about their problems and were given a much-needed lift by the occasion.
Ireland looked magnificent on the television as pictures were streamed all around the world.
We need to be realistic, of course, but optimism and realism can go hand in hand in this country and that is exactly what we need.
Edenderry, Co Offaly