LETTERS

We have gained from independence

There has been pain for Irish citizens since independence. 

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Penalised by motor tax payments system

The average motorist has to pay an extortionate amount for the privilege of driving on our pothole-infested roads,(unless of course you live in Dublin where this does not apply, they have the best of roads there). However if you pay motor tax either every three or six months there are further penalties imposed.

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Water fluoridation continues to get a clean bill of health after 50 years

Ireland’s water has been fluoridated for 50 years. That’s time enough for improvements in oral health and to show there have been no documented medical side effects.

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Go see the demeaning conditions at the Kinsale Road asylum centre

Residents of the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre recently demanded that their human rights and dignity be restored and that applications for refugee status be dealt with swiftly.

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Worrying academic gap is not to be welcomed

I refer to Padraic Neary’s letter (September 27) in response to mine (September 23) on the topic of girls outperforming boys in exams.

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Give freedom of the city to sportswoman Briege

The victory of our ladies’ football team in last Sunday’s All-Ireland senior final was fantastic and the most extraordinary sporting achievement of 2014.

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Irish citizens abroad deserve a referendum on their right to vote

On the immediate appointment of the new Irish minister for the diaspora, I wrote to Jimmy Deenihan TD asking him what he would be doing with the recommendation of the Constitutional Convention on extending votes to Irish citizens abroad in future presidential elections?

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Budget 2015 must be about children to reverse seven years of shame

Budget 2015 presents a crucial opportunity to support a real and sustainable recovery — but only if the right choices are made.

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Childcare needs independent oversight

Noel Baker’s article on the Child and Family Agency/TUSLA’s “unsustainable” legal spend, (Irish Examiner, September 26) quoted Eibhlín Byrne, executive manager of TUSLA: “the current system in which we operate is broken, and increasingly adversarial”.

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A simple tip for Tipperary

They say there’s more than one way to skin a Cat. Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea said that Kilkenny were ‘ferocious’ and ‘formidable’ and that the Tipp players ‘tried to match this but couldn’t on the day’.

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