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Letters – Cork needs a TEAM approach

Dear Sirs, Cork can progress with a TEAM aproach . Last Thursday we learned of a major development which could impinge or enhance the future Governance of Ireland’s largest county Cork. When Minister Alan Kelly joined the Cork City and County Mayors to announce that an expert review group would make recommendations on the Cities’ boundaries and other areas of how Cork’s local Government is managed. Cork and Cork natives

Letters – A myopic view

Dear Sir, It has become very clear to me in the early weeks of 2015 that the Fine Gael deputies in West Cork have decided to step up their denial and continue to gloss over the real problems facing the people of West Cork. This week I heard two West Cork deputies speaking on the radio, one was going around West Cork holding public meetings to consult about the different

Letters – Donkeys Suffer Greatly in our Wet Climate

Dear Editor, Donkeys come from Asia and Africa and have only been in Ireland for a few hundred years – not long enough for them to adapt to our wet climate. Unlike horses, donkeys do not have waterproof coats, and therefore suffer greatly when it is wet and windy. It can severely damage their health and shorten their life. It is therefore absolutely essential to provide a shelter all year

Letters – people treated worse than dogs

Dear Editor, When you kill the people’s spirit in any country, the country dies a premature death. Today we have 4,000 local authority houses lying empty while the number of families on the waiting lists and those falling into homelessness grows. Today we have 2,000 plus beds closed in hospitals around the country, that is 2,000 plus beds that patients are not allowed to go into while we have 600

Letters – The Disappeared

Dear Editor; The (pro-life) Eighth Amendment has receive much adverse publicity in recent times from politicians and the media. Is this based on a fair or biased view of the common good? We are all familiar with the ‘Disappeared’ – those 18 individuals executed by mainly Republican paramilitaries and buried in secret locations. Since abortion was legalised in Britain and elsewhere in the late 1960s, some 170,000 Irish unborn children

Letters – The Peaceful Protest – 10th December, 2014, Dublin.

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

Letters – Recovery?

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

Letters – Dear Santy

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

Letters – Call for General Election

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