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We need to know the truth about Rachel

I’M sure everyone in the country is well aware of the tragic death of Rachel Peavoy. That a young healthy women died from hypothermia, in Ireland, in the year 2010 is an absolute disgrace.



The conditions that Rachel lived in are quiet clear; she had written to numerous ministers and TDs on the matter, seeking help, and yet it would appear that the blind eye was turned towards her requests for assistance. The very fact that Rachel's medical history was used in court, in ways that diminished responsibility for those actions – or inactions – that led to her death, speaks volumes.

Rachel died from hypothermia. Her post mortem results proves this to be the case. I want to know how a ‘death by misadventure’ was found? Let’s not forget that Rachel has two sons who have lost their mother, under circumstances that the inquest has not clarified. Rachel’s children need to know the truth, as do her family. They need the support that Rachel was denied.

We, the people, need to use our voices. And as a member of the public, I say that this manner of injustice is unacceptable. A public inquiry is needed to find out what really happened to Rachel.

SHARON BARRY

LISTOWEL, CO KERRY

If the zoo wants a name for the new gorilla...

FOR an expert on African anthropology, I note with surprise that one of the few remaining indigenous peoples of South Western Africa are the Nama, a people struggling to survive in a particularly harsh environment, whose culture is traditionally rooted deep in music and literature and who practice a policy of communal land ownership.

To the delight of all, Dublin Zoo now has a new baby gorilla in its care, who may yet grow to massive proportions and rule his particular roost for generations to come. If he's looking for a name I can think of none better. Long may he thrive.

ALAN COSTELLO

PORTMARNOCK, CO DUBLIN

Obama has quite a bit in common with Bush

ALMOST the entire Western mass media has played into the hands of US President Barack Obama (for whom I voted) in starting the war in Libya. As much as I hate to say it Mr Obama is a cute, intelligent George W Bush. While Mr Bush started the war in Iraq and Afghanistan on his own and called for “Saddam to be either taken alive or dead”, Mr Obama started the war in Libya with the assistance of right-wing media outlets in the West, but made it sound like it was the Arab World and Europe that wanted the war.

And while Mr Obama did not call for the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's death, he gently stated, “It is time for his removal”. As I said, Obama is a cute, intelligent George W Bush.

VINCENT J LAVERY

DALKEY, CO DUBLIN

Seanad nominators still waiting on papers

HAVING been nominated to run for the NUI Seanad seat at the beginning of March, two of my nominators are still waiting for their ballot papers. Repeated calls to the NUI Office has still to bear fruit. With 16,250 ballots returned to sender, unused, as of last Wednesday and the inability of those who are registered to vote to do so, it raises important questions.

To appropriate Oscar Wilde, “To lose one ballot may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

MICK LANGAN

INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE

FOR THE NUI SEANAD SEAT,

RATHFARNHAM, DUBLIN 14

‘Expiry’ concerns over funeral expenses

I RECENTLY received through my door an offer of €200 off my funeral expenses. I am just wondering if the voucher will expire before I do.

AINE MAIRE NI SHIORAIN

DUBLIN 13