As a student in the final year in a Leitrim post-primary school, I feel there is not being enough done for the class of 2020.
We are all coming to terms with the recent lockdown and people across all age brackets are adapting and diversifying how they go about their daily life. This rule, however, seems to exclude teachers.
I find it hard to fathom that students can be expected to sit "the hardest exam of their life" with the only help from teachers being a daily email requesting homework.
Now we have all seen proposals and opinions about cancelling the Leaving Cert, but I am taking the more likely approach that it will indeed go ahead and therefore asking myself what I can do to prepare for it.
The basic principles of education are having a student and a teacher to pass on their knowledge, but I don't believe a daily email suffices.
The Leaving Certificate has always been pitched that it is fair if nothing else and there can be no arguing this year it will not be fair. But more could definitely be done to help out the class of 2020 during this worldwide pandemic.
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Have faith in Boredom - it will ease the tension
ALLOW me, if you will, to voice a few words in praise of Boredom, which is obsessing the nation these Covid-19 days.
I have been practising Boredom for several years now since my retirement. Boredom is calm, relaxing, a sort of mindless mindfulness, if you will, and may have as yet to be discovered healing properties.
We should embrace Boredom with open arms as we stretch our legs on the couch or loll in the armchair.
Of course just as Rome wasn't built in a day, Boredom isn't learned in a day. Or several days. It takes time which we have in abundance at the moment but once learned it is a most pleasant "companion". There is no need, I believe, for all this frenetic reading, baking, Netflixing or Zoomology.
Boredom is beautiful. It's having absolutely nothing to do and enjoying every moment of it. To paraphrase a line from The Beatles' song 'You Never Give Me Your Money' ('Abbey Road' album), "Oh that magic feeling, nothing to do".
I am a seasoned practitioner of Boredom, of "nothing to do". As testament to my above pronouncements, I quote my wife of 38 years: "I have never met anyone like you who can fill their days with nothingness." I rest my case.
Coote's Lane, Co Kilkenny
Reopening pubs will be social good for nation
I REFER to Dr Munjed Al Qutob's letter (Irish Independent, April 23) where he agrees that pubs should remain shut in Ireland.
He states our accident and emergency units are currently clogged up with Covid-19 patients. His inference is the hospitals would be equally busy as a result of bad behaviour by people creating trouble after drinking in pubs.
This is patently untrue and pubs should reopen when practical as they are a major social forum, especially in rural Ireland.
Tramore, Co Waterford
Casey comments prove Ireland isn't police state
Robert Sullivan (Letters, April 23) asserts: "Patricia Casey does not exaggerate when she says current Garda powers are akin to a police State."
Firstly, enhanced police powers do not constitute a police State. Also, paradoxically, it's precisely because Ireland is not a police state that Ms Casey and Mr Sullivan are at liberty to expound a contrary view in a daily newspaper.
On the subject of Covid-19, Mr Sullivan writes that the politicians and gardaí don't "know any more than the rest of us on the issue".
True. That's why they are guided in their response to the threat by epidemiologists and immunologists. Am I naïve in believing their agenda is to stop the pestilence spreading and in the process save lives, and not to lay the foundation for a police State?
He says "we are not sheep who must blindly obey". Indeed we are not but in the context of the threat from Covid-19, and to continue with the farming metaphor, now is not the time to act the goat either.
So, for the moment, like the song says: "Solitaire is the only game in town." We have to stay with the programme and trite as it may sound, this too will pass.
Ashtown, Dublin 7
O'Callaghan and Byrne can't replace O'Rourke
I totally agree with Ciara Fields (Letters, April 23) - RTÉ, please do not appoint either Miriam O'Callaghan or Claire Byrne as Seán O'Rourke's replacement.
Surely there is more talent out there.
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Power of prayer offers safe retreat from crisis
AS WE endure the coronavirus pandemic have we considered the power of prayer?
In a recent tweet, US President Donald Trump said: "We are a country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these."
The Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison has offered a prayer for the national cabinet to stay "strong and united" and committed his nation to God during times of "great need and suffering" as it responds to Covid-19.
The assurance we get from the 'Bible' is that God is present, protecting us, and revealing unto us our safety in Spirit.
Take Psalm 91, for example - a joyful and confident outpouring of the safety, calm and fearlessness that each of us, every man, woman, and child, can naturally experience as God's spiritual creation, even in the face of extreme difficulties.
The psalm continues: "For you, the Lord is a safe retreat; you have made the Most High your refuge. No disaster shall befall you, no calamity shall come upon your home."
As a regular churchgoer I know that it is quite essay to maintain social distancing during the weekly morning Masses so there is no good reason why churches should not be open from Monday to Saturday or for funeral Masses.
Liam de Paor
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Changed circumstances demand another election
After the recent election the present political situation seems to indicate we are not going to have a stable government any time soon, if at all.
Given the damage being done to the economy of this country by the epidemic it is easy to appreciate the lack of enthusiasm of many political parties to take part in government.
Future decisions will be at least as difficult as those in the post-Celtic Tiger collapse.
Neither the media nor the electorate has been very kind to the politicians who dealt with it and it is expected they will not be too kind to those who will deal with the consequences of the coronavirus.
Given the difficulty in forming a government and the very much changed circumstances the only solution is to hold another election when the crisis calms down.
Sutton, Dublin 13
Is the 99 unique - or last in long ice cream line?
IS IT possible that before the 99, there have been 98 previous versions of the coned ice cream?
Clonsilla, Dublin 15
Sinn Féin has to be better than demanding Greens
I agree wholeheartedly with Edward Horgan (Letters, April 23) that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael should bite the bullet (no pun intended) and do a deal with Sinn Féin.
Anything would be better than being held to ransom by the Greens and Independents. After the 17 demands by the Greens I would rather be in the proverbial ditch with Boris.
Rathmines, Dublin 6