LETTERS

Reynolds began the talks that led to peace in the North

It was sad to learn of former Taoiseach and FF leader Albert Reynolds’ death, at the age of 81, after a long illness. Reynolds had a fruitful career in various government ministries, from the 1970s to the ’90s.

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Urgent action needed to improve third-level access

Figures relating to extremely poor rates of third level progression among students from schools in less affluent areas highlight the need for immediate action by government.

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Lack of investment in hurling hampering Cork’s chances

Like many of the most fervent Cork hurling supporters I was sorely disappointed at the outcome of last Sundays All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Tipperary. More so since it was Tipperary who hammered us.

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Reynolds was the main architect of the preace we all enjoy today

The generous tributes paid from all sides of the political spectrum yesterday on the death of Albert Reynolds were well-deserved by the former Taoiseach and government member.

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Reynolds deserved the Nobel peace prize

In 2008 Cork City fathers conferred the Freedom of the City on the late Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.

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Enemies yesterday but allies today

It is unlawful to supply a weapon to another person. Someone can even be complicit in murder if they supply the murder weapon. Why then should these laws not apply to governments supplying arms to terrorists?

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Critics of John Bruton’s Home Rule advocacy are thinking wishfully

With respect to your correspondents (August 16, 2014) who have attacked John Bruton, their approach has been unhistorical wishful-thinking and not an empirical appraisal.

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Connolly was in line with socialists over WWI

There has been some debate recently in the Irish media in regard to James Connolly’s position when the First World War broke out in Europe. Writing in the Worker’s Republic... published in the first week of the war, he made clear his and the newspaper’s position on the war.

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Reversing guidance cuts would be a good move

The recently published ESRI report, ‘Leaving School in Ireland: A Study of Post-School Transitions’, highlights the critical importance of the career guidance service in a student’s journey through second-level school and beyond.

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Blurred lines over ebola but some countries really need help

Some of your recent letters (‘If HSE struggles with superbugs how could it ever tackle ebola?’) have blurred the realities of the ebola virus disease (EVD).

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