LETTERS

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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Brady: Followed orders

I write in response to an article in Saturday’s newspaper where abuse survivor, Marie Collins stated the cardinal should have resigned long ago.

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Bring in bonus bounce

Regarding Mary Regan’s article on August 18 (‘Labour bounce could win 20 seats’), as a Labour supporter I am very glad to hear this. After the local elections I thought we were going the way of the PDs and Greens.

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Being without my kids is no holiday at all

The radio and television ads that go along the lines of “Yippee!! The kids are going back to school! Now mum can have a holiday!” really annoy me.

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A scenario that would leave thousands of homes ruined

“New housing starts at zero and unemployment up 100,000”. This is the headline that your paper may well be printing in the future and I will explain why with a story.

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Make peace, not war is a better philosophy

Peace and not war is what we need.

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Home Rule was the law of a global empire

I am loath to get into historical disagreement with a learned professor like Ronan Fanning, but his description of the Home Rule Act, giving self-rule to the island of Ireland, as merely “a fudged compromise” and an illusion, has to be challenged [Opinion, August 16].

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