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'A clear, transparent mediation process is required to compensate victims of the negligence' Stock photo

'A clear, transparent mediation process is required to compensate victims of the negligence' Stock photo

'A clear, transparent mediation process is required to compensate victims of the negligence' Stock photo

The treatment of CervicalCheck women (“CervicalCheck women ‘being hunted to grave’ by State”, Irish Independent, July 25) is the worst example of the adversarial, legalistic suppression of citizens by the State and its entities. The former Taoiseach, his government and the HSE should be shamed.

Where the State or any arm of State is negligent a clear, transparent mediation process is required to compensate victims of the negligence instead of wasting resources in legal battles which eventually end with payment of compensation and the State or its agency denying responsibility.

Hugh McDermott

Dromahair, Co Leitrim


Government is interested only in lining its pockets

I am raging that legislation can be passed through so quickly to give super junior ministers a pay rise.

They are hardly in the job a wet week. Yet an autism bill that was passed by the Seanad in July 2017 was never made into law. It lapsed with the dissolution of the Dáil and the Seanad in January of this year. It is an absolute disgrace.

The Government doesn’t care about the vulnerable and is only interested in lining its own pockets.

Sarah Mc Donnell

Castlefinn, Co Donegal


Our leaders need to stop scaring us and copy Boris

Since Covid-19 was first mentioned by our previous government, it had been presented by the then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as having the potential to kill 90,000 citizens.

This stark remark from a medical doctor at such an early stage of the disease was wholly inappropriate amid the uncertainty of the course Covid-19 would take and only served to terrify the population.

A few days ago Leo, now Tánaiste, said we are likely to “get a third and fourth wave of the virus”. How does he hold with so much negative speculation, none of which to date has any resemblance to the reality of life in Ireland?

Contrast his scary pronouncements, which have been traumatic to so many who believe him, to the positive and people-friendly approach this issue has produced from his counterpart in the UK, Boris Johnson.

Boris had a near death attack from the virus himself and since his recovery he has imbued the British people with a sense of open inclusiveness and obvious goodwill going forward. He does not preach at the citizens – rather he speaks to and of them as his friends and equals.

He has never, in any interview going back to when he took over as PM, put a foot wrong by carelessly making remarks that would have no other intention than making people, especially older citizens, going to bed with extra unnecessary Covid fears.

Boris has been masterful in his relationships with the British and always carries the twin messages of hope and kinship in his words.

History will judge him well, and he’s only just begun. He’s the type of man who exudes goodwill.

Our Irish leaders would do well to portray the lesson that it is best to be seen as on the side of the people rather than attempting to overwhelm us with fear and sullen compliance on a daily basis.

Perhaps new Taoiseach Micheál Martin will ring the changes? But I wonder, will he?

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co Cork


FF’s contempt for voters as it tops up junior ministers’ pay

If anyone made the mistake of thinking the Fianna Fáil party has learned something new after the destruction of the economy and the loss of this country’s sovereignty which it presided over, then think again.

In the middle of a pandemic when the economy is crashing, people are losing their jobs, many more are on a support payment and thousands losing huge sums on cancelled holidays, what is our Fianna Fáil-led Government doing?

Yet again showing utter contempt to all those people by topping up three junior ministers’ pay by more than €16,000.

I sincerely hope the media will remind voters of this and every other contemptible insult they throw at us when the next election comes around.

Anthony McGeough

Kingswood Heights, Dublin 24


Irish Independent