LETTERS

Child surrogacy not part of gay marriage vote

I write in response to Margaret Hickey’s letter (Irish Examiner, March 30), in which she references Asher’s Bakery, Dolce and Gabbana, and Brendan Eich to argue that we are losing our freedom of debate.

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There is no evidence that 10% of cannabis users ‘go mad’

Dr Chris Luke’s contribution to your article ‘Should Cannabis be legalised?’ (Irish Examiner, March 1) raises serious concerns for me.

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Labour movement urgently needs to re-ignite its fighting spirit

In light of the current dispute at Dunnes Stores it seems astonishing how relatively little workers rights have progressed during the last century. 

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Shefflin doesn’t rank as greatest-ever hurler

The recent retirement of Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin from inter-county hurling has renewed interest in the best-ever hurler controversy.

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Less protection for kids of same gender parents

The Children and Family Relationships Bill has already been passed by the Oireachtas and has dealt with issues of surrogacy and adoption. 

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Cultural revolution a must for a Jewish state to survive

While Dr Kevin McCarthy’s previous predictions on the outcome of the recent Israeli election were way off the mark, he’s on safer ground when he quotes (Irish Examiner, Letters, March 31) from the excellent survey of attitudes in Gaza, which was carried out by the reliable Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research. 

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Same-sex marriage vote is not just about equality

Correspondent Tom Carew (Irish Examiner, Letters, March 31) rightly said that freedom of expression (or of dissent) is fundamental to an open society.

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Ian Bailey case judge should have intervened

My dealings with the legal profession have been most satisfactory, so I have no axe to grind. That said, is it not time that we, the citizens, through our elected representatives, insisted on intervening — not interfering, but intervening — in the cosy game that is played out in our courts?

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Direct Provision working group is only an exercise in public relations

Last month, the CEO of the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) stepped down from the Ministerial Working Group on Direct Provision and the Protection Process.

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Our bins should be plentiful and free to use

Driving in any part of rural Ireland, one sees black refuse sacks thrown into hedges along with unwanted sofas, child car seats, and other general litter jettisoned from passing cars.

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