LETTERS

McBride was author of insincere letter to Pope

I had assumed that former Taoiseach, John A Costello, a devout Catholic, had written the Uriah Heep-type letter of cloying humility and obsequiousness to Pope Pius XII.

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Has our political system hit rock bottom?

A national government will never happen or not till it’s too late because it would break the fundamental rule of politics: do not deal with a crisis until the water is sloshing around the kitchen floor.

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External correction of school exams is best

While the second-level teacher unions are seeking to maintain State certification and external assessment, we are in favour of changes to enhance the Junior Cycle and support the introduction of new forms of assessment, as long as these assessment components are externally marked.

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Israel will respond to synagogue attack

Israel prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu will come under intense pressure to react with force to the deaths in the attack on the Agassi Street synagogue.

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Burton incident not first time the ‘far left’ has threatened violence

There has been widespread condemnation of the water-charges protest march incident involving Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton. 

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Water charges climbdown shows that physical protest does work

After the notorious ‘attack’ on our Tanaiste, Joan Burton, last week, maybe we Irish will lose our reputation as the least ‘back-boned’ of all the recent IMF/EU/ECB victims?

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Greedy teachers keeping jobs while in the Dáil

Why are there so many teachers in politics? Aren’t they better paid than most teachers across the EU? There seems to be a lot of them in Government. Even our Taoiseach is a teacher.

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School choirs are joy to behold — back in the ’60s school was utter misery

Watching the All-Island School Choir Competition for the last few Sunday evenings on RTÉ has been an absolute joy.

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Milk cows for methane

Agriculture in Ireland is responsible for 32% of CO2 emissions, which is set to increase by a further 9% by 2020 as a result of the milk quota being abolished in 2015 and an increase of dairy cow numbers.

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Farmers need to be as safety conscious as foremen on construction sites

This letter is in response to last week’s Ear to the Ground programme aired on RTÉ.

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