The good Doctor Randles
Sir - I buy the Sunday Independent regularly, principally for the excellence of the articles by its regular columnists, particularly, but not only, Eoghan Harris, Eilis O'Hanlon, Miriam O'Callaghan, Declan Lynch and Brendan O'Connor.
Brendan has written many wonderful columns over the years, particularly when writing about Down syndrome, a subject close to his heart. His article (Sunday Independent, July 16) about Dr Paddy Randles should strike a chord with everyone who attended primary and secondary schools before 1982, when corporal punishment was banned in the schools. It is impossible to quantify the harm that barbarous practice had on boys and girls in their later lives.
The erosion of confidence and self-esteem, which resulted from it, will have led to many people not reaching their full potential. How many people have turned to drink and drugs and crime as a result? I believe that many of the leaders and entrepreneurs who have emerged in Irish society since its banning would not have done so had it not been for the banning.