LETTERS

Children in direct provision need support

Barnardos is delighted to hear the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, has agreed in principle to extend the Ombudsman for Children’s remit so that children living in direct provision can have their concerns raised and independently examined.

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So nobody has an issue with the 1916 plaque at Glasnevin ?

I wonder are you and your readers aware of the intention of the authorities at Glasnevin Cemetery to erect a memorial wall on which will be inscribed the names of the patriots who were killed during Easter Week 1916 — to be intermingled with the names of the the British Army in alphabetical order.

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Think of Connolly’s words before you vote

Now that the General Election date has been set, and those elected will shortly pay tribute to those Irish men and women who took part in the rebellion of 1916, I suggest people should consider the words of James Connolly when he said:

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Oireachtas members’ salaries and allowances have been reduced

I refer to a letter from Daniel MacCarron carried in your Letters page ( Irish Examiner, February 8) in respect of the expenses of the members of the Houses of the Oireachtas.

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IRFU needs to rethink its club-and-country policy

With the Six Nations having started, can anyone tell me what advantage it is to Irish rugby to have a policy that any Irish player playing for a club outside Ireland will not be selected for the Irish rugby team?

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Internet fora can’t replace newspapers

Considerable discussion has taken place about the influence of internet forums on politics.

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The left wing do not like freedom of speech

Pegida has as much right to its opinions as anyone else. The left-wing attack on them underscores the weakness of lefty ‘liberties’ which they preach, but do not extend to those with contrary opinions.

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It is shameful to make our elderly homeless

The number of families and elderly people facing eviction and being forced to leave their private rented accommodation in Cork county and city is staggering.

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We are again being told to be good little voters

In this auspicious year of our history as an independent, democratic nation we face a choice.

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Our TD numbers are excessive in comparison with other countries

It is distressing to know our small, bankrupt country should have so many unnecessary positions created specially by its legislature. The constitution provides for one representative for every 20,000 to 30,000 people.

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