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'Change the two-metre distancing to one and make face coverings compulsory in confined spaces, shops and public transport.' Stock image

'Change the two-metre distancing to one and make face coverings compulsory in confined spaces, shops and public transport.' Stock image

'Change the two-metre distancing to one and make face coverings compulsory in confined spaces, shops and public transport.' Stock image

Yes, there is a summer. When I pull back my curtains each morning, I’m in it!

I booked my short summer holiday last night, in Dingle, as I’m spending any bit of spare cash I have in my own county.

I am trying to be positive here, so please help me, Leo, Micheál, Simon, and countless other prophets of doom and gloom. Get on with forming a government and show leadership and don’t be nit-picking on all the finer points each party wants to score for their own personal gain.

We’ve had no Covid cases here in Co Kerry for more than a week and our county is closed for business. Let the people back in. Change the two-metre distancing to one and make face coverings compulsory in confined spaces, shops and public transport. Open the pubs for day-time trade at least and people will have space to spread out as they try to enjoy a very different summer.

I know the sadness of losing loved ones to Covid is never going to go away, especially for those who died in nursing homes, a generation which contributed so much to Ireland. Those lost loved ones would want us to keep going and we owe it to them.

Mary McElligott

Listowel, Co Kerry


FG’s stance on Occupied Territories Bill is wrong

Isn’t it rather odd that Fine Gael, representing 24pc of the electorate, can veto the wishes of every other party and many Independents in the Dáil, representing more than 70pc of the electorate, in their determination to veto the Occupied Territories Bill?

The current Attorney General has given a legal view against the Bill, but three international European law experts, the UN Rapporteur on Human Rights in Palestine, a senior counsel here and the former attorney general, Michael McDowell, all take the contrary view and support this vital human rights initiative.

Does it seem the tail is wagging the dog? How quickly Fine Gael forgets its own assertion that it lost the election.

Betty Purcell

Dublin 6


We are all accountable for environmental decisions

As today is World Environment Day, I would like to bring to light the importance of the natural world around us and the climate and biodiversity crisis we are facing.

This year’s theme is biodiversity – celebrating eco-systems, species and calling for the protection of nature.

Amid the pandemic, our natural environment has seen positive changes: less air pollution, wildlife spotted in areas that are usually congested, and organisations going paperless due to working at home. Now is the time to reflect on our impact before life returns to normality.

The decisions which people make now will determine the kind of world the future generations will inherit.

The need for climate action has been identified by young people as a key priority. For World Environment Day, we want to highlight the importance of getting involved and taking action.

It’s not enough to just hold the Government accountable, we also need to hold ourselves accountable for the environmental decisions we take, and make those steps towards positive environmental action.

Elaine Nevin

Eco-Unesco, Dublin 2


Restriction on grandchildren came as a kick in the teeth

Reading the Irish Independent (Wednesday, June 3, 2020), I came across a statement from the chief medical officer and the National Public Health Emergency Team that we, grandparents aged over 70, can now invite our grandchildren into our homes, and my heart skipped a beat.

Then the downer comes along when it says they must wear a mask and gloves and keep two metres away. What a kick in the teeth.

The whole enjoyment with them is chasing them around and hugging them, tickling their bellies and laughing uproariously with them.

What he is asking is making things twice as bad – having them there but with an iron curtain dividing us.

While I still have the greatest respect for the doctor and his crew, it’s a case of not in my house – it won’t happen.

A loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren.

Liam P Blood

Address with editor


Ming the Trouserless should be ashamed of himself

Is Luke ‘Ming the Trouserless’ Flanagan unaware of the axiom regarding failure to prepare?

This incident has been covered globally and, as a representative of Ireland, he should be ashamed of himself.

S Simpson

Bangkok, Thailand

Irish Independent