4.20am in the black of night when the alarm rings. Today it’s different, you don’t curse the alarm. You rise with purpose. Sandwiches made from the night before, the flask ready for the tea. Even currenty bread packed in tinfoil, like old times! Today is all about our Nation, our deepest beliefs, our respect for our ancestors and our love for generations to come. From every village town and city
Sir, I have had great difficulty of late understanding government politician’s insistence on telling us we are in “recovery”. “People are beginning to see the benefits” they say “tough decisions now paying off” they trumpet. “Two roads in a wood” they mumble. What rubbish! I am a pensioner, I have worked over 50 years of my life making my fair contribution to the state in good times and in not
Dear Santy, I’m so delighted to write to you again and warn you as you head south for Ireland to bear in mind that here in Ireland the clocks have been turned back by 167 years and not just one hour for winter time. It is now very similar to the dark days of 1847 when boat loads of grain left our country to pay the oppressors while thousands died
The next General Election will be about the direction our society takes. Will it be more austerity and bad politics by the conservative parties ? Or do we grasp the opportunity for new politics, for real change and a more transparent and accountable system of government? I believe that people want a change from the conservative austerity politicies of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour and are open to voting
Dear Sir, I am and have always been a man who finds injustice abhorrent, in life we all see injustice and are confronted with the choice to act of remain silent. Sometimes there is very little we can do to combat these injustices but it is my belief that I must do what I can. It is in this regard I require your assistance. I would like to highlight for
Dear Editor, Every town and village in Ireland you go into Irish Water dominate the scene with posters and marches and with very very good reason when you realize that, €500 million out of the State Pension Fund, €600 million from our car tax, our property tax is also gone to Irish Water, it is apparently heading for €2 billion invested in Irish Water. Borrowing off the balance sheet my
On behalf of the Friends of Marymount Hospice / West Cork we would like to thank you sincerely for the recent donation of €2,250.92 A ‘BIG’ thanks to all the sponsors; to those who gave raffle prizes and to all those who donated directly into the collection box. Thank you to the many people who helped in so many ways, making the evening such a huge success! A list of
Dear Editor, On 18th August 1999 the IFA made a submission to the then Dept of Environment and Local Government signed by Jim Devlin. Executive Secretary to the IFA Farm Business and Industry and Environment Committees (Sept.1992-Aug.2006) advocating the introduction of Water Taxes, this document was never circulated and it’s unclear if it was ever provided to the local branches of the organisation.
Dear Sir, Some of your readers may be wondering why the Palestine/Israel issue is so prominent in the correspondence columns of a local newspaper like the West Cork Times. That it should be so is, I suggest, a tribute to the formidable efficiency of the Israeli propaganda machine, which sniffs out critical comment worldwide and promptly marshalls its local outriders to respond.
Sir, If all the children of this nation are supposed to be treated fairly and equitably, can some politician explain why the West Cork area has been so shamefully treated in the allocation of local representatives on the county council? West Cork (Ballinascarthy to Dursey Island) has one rep per 5,781 inhabitants covering an area twice the size of many counties. Similarly, Bandon/Kinsale has a proportion of 5,245 per representative.