Save the whale and wave the children goodbye
• In recent weeks I have read numerous articles and letters objecting to the exploration for gas or oil off the Dublin coast. Similar articles have been written objecting to fracking in Leitrim, the construction of wind turbines on hill tops, the construction of an electrical interconnector between the Republic and Northern Ireland and, of course the bringing ashore of gas in north Mayo. It would appear that we are against anything that might in any way endanger the environment.
Is it not time that we as a country realised that the environment is not just clean water, pristine grass, and healthy birds and dolphins etc? The environment also includes something infinitely more valuable; our sons and daughters.
The buses to the airports are full of those same sons and daughters who are forced to emigrate due to a lack of employment at home.