In her letter, Mary Stewart writes: “Our media generally, with few exceptions, continues to support groupthink to the detriment of factual and balanced coverage of what is of vital importance to all of us” (‘Why groupthink needs to be confronted across all media’, Letters, July 19). She is of course entitled to her opinion.
One response to this question, could be that of Cain to Moses: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The onus being on the reader/viewer/listener to assess whatever the media presents publicly.
There is an apocryphal story of WB Yeats receiving a note: “Dear Mr Yeats, I do not understand your latest poem. Can you please explain it?”
The response? “It is not for the poet to explain his work; rather for the reader to interpret.”
I recently called to the Citizens Information service in Rathmines to speak to an information officer regarding pension and social security issues to discover that the service has been closed for some time. Callers are encouraged to use online services or phone information. I gave up on numerous efforts of trying to make contact by phone on hearing the usual “we value your call, however our staff are dealing with a high volume of calls at present”.
This is no substitute for face-to-face information and consultation service.
Apparently similar closures of the service are happening throughout the country and indeed seems to apply to other public services also, including Revenue offices and social protection services.
The reduction of face-to-face public services affects in particular those people with limited or restricted access to online services, but all citizens have an entitlement to accessible public services.
Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
A few days ago Glyn Carragher wrote to the Irish Independent decrying calls for the Russian ambassador to be expelled (‘Breaking diplomatic ties would betray neutrality’, Letters, July 16).
The reason? That as a neutral country
we should be above such actions and we should engage in dialogue and negotiations outside of war.
After all, says Glyn, Ireland had a German ambassador representing Nazi Germany during the war.
I have been a Tipp supporter since the time it was possible to cycle to Munster finals and leave an unlocked bicycle on the street.
I am acutely aware that over the past two to three years sport gave us a great uplift even if curtailed: rugby, racing, soccer and much more. The GAA, a wonderful example of real community involvement, gave us something to celebrate. The success of our Tipp minor hurlers, under the stewardship of James Woodlock, was the icing on the cake for us Tipp people this year.
Reading how Colm Bonnar was “relieved of his duties” with the senior side was an embarrassment and made me wonder if our capacity to be grateful, kind and – more importantly – human has been clouded.
I wish him happy days into the future.
Director of services, Alice Leahy Trust, Dublin 8
In the wake of their well-deserved and hard-fought victory over the Cats of Kilkenny on Sunday, we must surely acknowledge that Limerick is now, in the words of a famous song by Lionel Richie and Commodores, “Once, twice, three times a lady”.
What a weekend of sport it was. First we had the Irish rugby team winning the Test series against the All Blacks. Then we had golfer Rory McIlroy coming so close to winning The Open.
But the supreme accolade has to go to the amateur sportsmen of Limerick and Kilkenny who served up a game for the ages in the All-Ireland hurling final.
If Limerick were magnificent in victory, Kilkenny were equally magnificent in defeat.
This game was an exhibition of skill, speed, strength and determination that all the money in Saudi Arabia couldn’t pay for.
It made one proud to be Irish.
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