LETTERS

Football occasion merits proper national anthem

Once again I despair at the inability of the GAA to find a singer in the whole country who knows the words of Amhrán na bhFiann to be sung before a major event like the Dublin v Donegal match on Sunday. Do they hold auditions for this prestigious honour and, if so, should they not ensure that the chosen singer can pronounce the words properly?

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Balance quality pre-schooling with education and support for parents

Pre-school education is important and deserves more investment. But tirelessly debating quality standards, crèche inspections, and the capabilities of early childhood staff and inspectors distracts from the obvious — reducing socially generated gaps in child outcomes cannot be the sole responsibility of Ireland’s pre-school education system, and the debate is a smokescreen.

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Anti-Catholic bias is apparent in reporting by state broadcaster RTÉ

There seems to be a strong anti-Catholic bias in RTÉ, sometimes it is very subtle and on occasions it is quite aggressive in language and tone.

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Richard Dawkins follows Darwinian doctrine

Many people were rightly repulsed by Richard Dawkins primitive/less-than-enlightened views on the treatment of Down Syndrome infants. Having said that, in many ways Dawkins views are merely reflective of what emerges from a doctrinaire adherence to Darwinian theories. Not evolution, per se, but this particular deviant variant. Darwins adherents have always had a less than benign view of what their perverse ideology regards as lesser forms of life.

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Gaza scholarship plan goes down like a bomb

I applaud Professor Kinsella’s proposal, in your recent edition (Letters, August 30), to help rebuild Gaza’s economy by establishing scholarships, but am a little disappointed in his proposed list of subjects. 

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Teachers seem to be slow learners

First year post-primary students around the country braved huge changes in their lives this week; the move to a new school, separation from siblings, 15+ new/mostly new subjects, 15 or so new teachers, new fellow students, new books, new rules, new procedures, new times, longer days, more homework, tiredness, separation from friends now in other schools, all in the space of a week or less and all without special training, attention or experience.

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Evil of unemployment a terrible burden for our citizens to bear

It is correct to categorise the problem of unemployment as possibly the greatest social evil of today.

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When death isn’t the great equaliser

While not attempting to dismiss the obvious grief of bereaved families and the undoubted comfort arising from the expressions of sympathy by friends and the community at large, the question should be raised as to the criteria and justification for State funerals.

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Hard to find hope in a world of horrors

Isn’t the world in a bad state? The Middle East is in meltdown. The Russians have annexed Crimea, and are rapidly advancing on Ukraine. Whose to stop them? The best the West can do is sanctions. What else can we do, nothing. We are powerless.

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Change of GAA venues would boost rural areas

Personally I have to agree with Jarlath Burns (Letters, August 27) when he states that more major GAA games should be played at venues outside of Croke Park and at venues adequately equipped to host such games.

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