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Leaving Cert exams start today. File photo. Photo: Wavebreak Media

Leaving Cert exams start today. File photo. Photo: Wavebreak Media

Leaving Cert exams start today. File photo. Photo: Wavebreak Media

After 52 years I can still remember the first day of my Leaving Cert: not an easy day. But here’s a little quote that might help: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m Possible’” – Audrey Hepburn.

Good luck to all.

Brian Mc Devitt

Glenties, Donegal

 

As restrictions ease, let’s ease our way back into normality

It has been a rough year but there is light at the end of the tunnel. One may wonder what the mental-health fallout will be from Covid-19, and it is definitely a cause for concern as there has been grief, loneliness and drastic life changes for many.

I would like to shed some light on the positive aspects in the lifting of restrictions. Certainly, there will be much more socialising now, which will be positive for overall mental health and particularly for younger people. The suddenness of Covid-19 was, and still remains, a shock to many people. However for the younger generation, not being able to meet friends and go out has been a disaster and has affected mental health. I do feel that whatever way we look at things, the lifting of restrictions will be great for the community as younger people can meet friends, engage in group activities and feel less pressure overall in that there is now a sense of freedom associated with the roll-out of the vaccines.

Overall, it is positive. However, I would suggest, as there is an ‘easing’ of restrictions that we also ‘ease’ ourselves back into normal life to safeguard against being overwhelmed, exhausted and/or burnt out.

Cathal O Reilly

Clonmel, Co Tipperary

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Spend, spend, spend? Is that the only solution for us, Leo?

Leo Varadkar’s advice for “recovery” is for savers to “spend, spend, spend”. I suppose it’s a slight improvement on Government policy of “borrow, borrow, borrow” to “spend, spend, spend” which indeed appears to be the only economic policy the world depends on at present.

Perhaps a little prudence and caution with savings should not be entirely dismissed, as revenue from corporation tax and home-based economic performance are not as secure as they might be. On a somewhat related economic issue, Mr Varadkar, in response to a Dáil question, recently dismissed out of hand consideration of a four-day week as is happening in Spain: such thinking had no relevance to Ireland.

Mr Varadkar is entitled to his opinions. It is rather unfortunate, however, that a person of such limited vision of future economics and flawed understanding of present economics should be Tánaiste, soon to be Taoiseach again, of our country, at probably the most critical economic juncture ever experienced by human beings.

Choices ahead are brilliant or dreadful. We can embrace, adapt to, and create an ideology compatible with and capable of administering unprecedented technological ability to provide abundance for all, or, persist with historic and totally outdated and inadequate ideology which evolved to cope with continual failure and misery.

Padraic Neary

Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

 

After city mayhem, is there no parental control of teens?

We blame the Government, we blame the publicans, we blame the council, we blame the gardaí. Night after night, Dublin city, among others, is being besieged by crowds causing havoc while eating and drinking on the streets and spreading their detritus all over the place. Be it personal or external waste, the result is the same: mayhem.

When are we going to grow up? Every single one of those revellers is somebody’s son, somebody’s daughter. With regard to the teenage element if this crowd, is there no parental control? At what point to we ask ourselves: are we grown-up individuals or bandwagon-jumping selfish morons?

Eamon Kearney

Ayrfield Road, Dublin 13

 

Changes to Local Property Tax will tip some over edge

I read the headlines and feel like I must have been transported back to Ireland in the 18th or 19th century: sheds and driveways to add to Local Property Tax bills (‘Valuation for LPT bill is linked to driveways and gardens,’ Irish Independent, June 4).

As it was back then, it is now. Does that sound dramatic? It wouldn’t to a person sleeping on the streets, or in their car with their kids, or to a person facing that prospect now that their auld shed and the bit of tarmac out front is going to tip them over the edge as they already struggle to pay a mortgage and taxes on their own home. What the hell is happening? Where are the revolutionaries?

Patricia Demery

Sligo


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