In these strange times, the country needs strong government and politicians who are not afraid to make the hard decisions.
Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and the rest of the Social Democrats do not fit this bill. In recent media appearances, Ms Shortall lectured us at length on the perceived mistakes made by the current and previous government in getting the country back on its economic feet.
Newsflash, Ms Shortall – the country is in the grip of a global pandemic and does not need your slanted view of history.
The Social Democrats point out the mistakes of others with 20-20 hindsight but are afraid to get stuck in themselves and get some work done.
Let Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael get on with the task of forming a government and leave the Social Democrats to sit on the fence and carp. Ireland does not need them.
Celbridge, Co Kildare
Ambulance Service sacrifices should not be forgotten
As a former member of the Ambulance Service (retired now for 20 years) I am very proud of the great work the service has given over the past two months.
Remembering the service at that time, it certainly would not have the training nor the staff to carry out this work.
Twenty years ago, the service did not cross county boundaries and had poor radio communication on board.
Each ambulance had a nurse from the hospital and had very little equipment in comparison to today.
At the time it was the staff’s reputation that carried the service.
I trust all my friends in the service are not forgotten for the sacrifices they are making to save the population from this persecution.
Address with editor
SF deserves to be invited to join national government
The three parties being wooed by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to join a coalition government received a combined total of 14.4pc of the vote in the February election (Green Party 7.1pc, Labour Party 4.4pc, Social Democrats 2.9pc), yet it seems they are now being made attractive offers if they go into government.
The hidden purpose of this may well be to prevent the Sinn Féin, the party that got the highest percentage of the vote, from being part of the government.
In this time of very serious health, environmental and economic crises we need a genuine national government that includes the changes the electorate voted for.
The coronavirus crisis must not be used as an excuse to deny the electorate’s wishes.
Castletroy, Co Limerick
Global failure to unite against virus proves costly
As we ruminate at home during lockdown, most of us will have heard the facts surrounding this pandemic.
We will also hear lies and exaggerated half truths, but like most intelligent people I rely on the scientists with knowledge and not the political machinations and manoeuvrings or blame deflection of a few world leaders.
Most learned scientists will agree the lack of an early and well-coordinated global response will be seen as our biggest failure.
“This is not so much about the biology of the virus but the lack of political action to the virus when it was first identified,” as one eminent scientist, Dr Denis Carroll of USAID, explained.
“The surprise,” he said, “was not the emergence or early spread [of the virus] it was the lack of a global response. That’s where the global community was caught out.”
What didn’t surprise scientists was the emergence of this coronavirus. It was clear from research that viruses circulate in wildlife and spill over onto human beings.
The number of viruses has intensified. They believe we will see more of them.
The failure to identify and coordinate an international response from the start must be recognised.
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
Medical schools may have the cure for academic assessment
Now that our wonderful teachers are at home, perhaps they could turn their collective intelligence to working out a system of continuous assessment to be introduced in the next academic year .
Ideally a good proportion of this should be online, which has the advantage of being objective.
This has been the norm for years in the medical schools and has we think been very successful, particularly when subjective assessments are rightly open to challenge. The current crisis apart, this is the way to go.
Rathmines, Dublin 6